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by Peter Moskos

February 18, 2009

Good News for Coke Heads

The DEA makes up numbers about the price of cocaine and used the funny numbers to claim rising prices and victory in the war on drugs. The UK is more honest and admits that the price of cocaine has fallen by half in the last 10 years and is set to decline even more. The report comes from the International Narcotics Control Board.

Now of course it is possible that prices are falling in the UK and rising here.

But seriously, if rising cocaine prices means, in theory, that we are winning the war on drugs, what do falling prices mean? I can't wait to hear the spin from the DEA.

According the BBC, the report also says:

Canada has become a primary source of ecstasy for North America and a significant supplier for Asia.

Poppy cultivation has shrunk in Afghanistan but the US occupied country still produces more than 90% of the world's opium.

Perhaps if we weren't so busy fighting drugs in Afghanistan we could better fight terrorists--and take away their source of income.

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