A look inside Colombia’s cocaine industry

Vocativ has an interesting video on Colombia’s cocaine industry.

What is really interesting is the drug trafficker’s view on legalisation.

[A] British journalist living in the region, our reporter Toby Muse was curious about the current “state of the art” for Colombia’s processors, traffickers and dealers. What are the latest tricks to outsmarting the authorities? He made a few calls and obtained rare and potentially dangerous access to a processing laboratory. It’s not in the jungle as you might expect, but in an urban center of a Colombian city, which we agreed not to name.  Read more »


The Huddle at 1740


I am on The Huddle again tonight.

Larry Williams is away so they have drafted in Mike Yardley. With me will be Josie Pagani.

Our topics are:

Labour’s proposed Man-Ban. (on the back of Sue Moroney on The Nation). How does Shearer neutralise this, put it to bed? Or does he?   Read more »

We need to do this here

The Independent

Yesterday I blogged about Portugal and today it is Uruguay and their solution with regard to drugs…I think a combination approach of these two jurisdictions would have immense benefits here. Especially if we removed the money and the drugs from the gangs, and in particular for methamphetamine. Make it available on prescription and price control it really low…the gangs would then have no cash and no hold:

Uruguay – in a bid to curb a narcotics-fuelled violent crimewave across the country – has unveiled plans to nationalise its cannabis market and become the first government in the world to sell the soft drug to consumers.

The measure is aimed at both reducing the rising power of drug gangs and the growing number of users of crack and freebase cocaine in what has traditionally been one of Latin America’s most peaceful nations.

“We want to fight two different things: one is the consumption of drugs and the other is the trafficking of drugs,” said the Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro.

“We believe that the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems in society than the drug itself. Homicides have risen as a result of the settling of accounts [between rival drug gangs] and this is a clear symptom of the appearance of certain phenomena that did not exist previously in Uruguay.” Under the plans, the government would initially grow cannabis and sell it to registered users. But once the scheme is up and running, it hopes to cash in and allow private companies to take over the production of the drug.

Possession of small amounts and consumption of marijuana is currently not illegal in Uruguay but growing and selling it is. The new bill would seek to put the drug dealers out of business by making it easier, safer and possibly cheaper for users to buy marijuana from official dispensaries.

Stoner Capital of the World

NZ Herald

New Zealand is the stoner capital of the world. Perhaps it is time we cashed in on it rather than allow the criminal underworld to enjoy the profits. Prohibition really seems to be working well.

We should really promote NZ as being Clean and “Green”. Maybe this is the Clean Green Industry that Russel Norman keeps talking about:

New Zealanders are among the highest users of illegal drugs in the world, and top the list for cannabis use, according to the United Nations 2012 Drug Report.

Statistics for Oceania – mainly made up of numbers from Australia and New Zealand – showed a far higher prevalence of all drug use, other than heroin, than the rest of the world.

Cannabis use in Oceania was the highest in the world with between 9.1 and 14.6 per cent of people reportedly using the drug, compared with 2.8 to 4.5 per cent globally.

Oceania was also one of the regions with the highest reported cocaine use, with between a 1.5 and 1.9 per cent prevalence.

New Zealand, along with Belarus and France, also reported high levels of injecting drug use.

The report said a decrease in the use of ecstasy in New Zealand appeared to have been offset by the use of other substances mimicking its effects, including many piperazines, cathinone and mephedrone.

It said improvements in the control of domestic methamphetamine supply in New Zealand seemed to have brought back the need for imports, with the preferred source region being Southeast Asia.