Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

...Have a look at how cocaine base is made.

Matthew Bristow, a journalist working in Columbia films how it is done, starting with the stripping of the coca bushes, putting the chopped leaves in a big pile, then the adding of the following healthful ingredients...
  • cement
  • caustic soda solution
  • ammonia
  • gasoline
  • quicklime
  • gasoline again
  • sulphuric acid solution
  • recycled gasoline
  • fresh gasoline
  • sulphuric acid
  • ammonia

After a bit of mixing ( people kicking the treated leaves and chemical mixture about wearing wellies and shorts, then more mixing using plastic barrels and buckets and sticks )and filtering ( through dirty laundry) you get cocaine alkaloids, which makes the base. Which is then sold to guerillas for $800 a kilo. Also from Matthew's excellent blog, an interview with Professor Gary Becker, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, about the War on Drugs

The Professor says ' I think you have to legalize drugs'.

Why? Read on...

Fascinating stuff.


Blogger Leighton Cooke said...

I grow my five marijuana plants in organic soil and use seaweed and natural organic fertiliser. The illegal drugs market is the source of much misery and environmental damage.

November 30, 2006 5:21 pm  

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