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Analysis of Silk Road Reveals Marijuana, Cocaine Prices are Relatively Low in U.S.

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An analysis of drug prices on the recently shuttered website Silk Road reveals cocaine and marijuana sell for less in the United States than in many other countries, CNN Money reports.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down Silk Road, an online marketplace that sold illegal drugs including heroin, cocaine, opioid pills, Ecstasy and LSD. They arrested the operator in San Francisco on narcotics and money-laundering charges.

In August, a website called The Price Geek, which states it aims to provide market prices of anything, analyzed data on the two most popular drugs sold on Silk Road, marijuana and cocaine.

Silk Road did not use credit cards, instead relying on “Bitcoins,” an untraceable digital currency that is available through online currency exchange services. CNN Money converted the drugs’ prices to their value in U.S. dollars. They calculated a person using 1.8 grams of marijuana per week would spend $20 in Canada, $27 in the United States, $32 in the Czech Republic, $34 in the Netherlands, $35 in the United Kingdom, $39 in Australia, $39 in Poland and $40 in Germany.

The weekly cost of cocaine for someone using 50 milligrams per day would be $26 in Peru, $35 in the United States, $41 in Canada, $43 in the Netherlands, $49 in Belgium, $52 in Germany, $64 in the United Kingdom and $94 in Australia, according to the article.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Hornyák Mária
    Hornyák Mária / March 8, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Unfortunately, pain is particularly strong spiritual torment . My soul is already pains of the disease in which I live and suffer . I can hardly continue to perform my mother care for all . I can not even perform the most basic of my needs . Love this family so I just get my mother and care .

    I therefore need to be treated with this kind of medicines. This was recommended to me by the psychiatrist – psychologist. The best of my knowledge, in this country where it is legal now write the kind of therapy and the patient is itself a claim . Very high need for these medicines , because I know that these pains poignant and terrible things can not stand it . It hurts my heart that when I go a doctor for a much different my illness to ask for help or rejected or phrases used which immediately draw the conclusion that they hardly have the desire to live as extremely bleak my life.

    Unfortunately, my life is horrible and I do not see it at all on the way out. I feel that these are the only drugs: LSD , heroin, opium , exstazy, cannabis . Providing relief pains , physical and psychological my trials , and I do not see any way out of humiliating situations , or when you go to urinate or defecate stool to go unfortunately only accompaniment . Horribly humiliating things happen to me every day . I can not go outside because of the illness and also knows how terrible this situation so and unfortunately I know that these mentee in my life is my mother .

    These agents mentee in my life because it’s so horrible about me and bleak . My life is terribly sad and hopeless , unfortunately, there is only this method to find out somewhat painful everyday life easier . Have hurt my soul , my heart is aching to measure me every day how the burden of life. The one that lives in me unspeakable pain and unspeakable torment that so I have to live my everyday life . It hurts me very much to the hungarian gynecologists can not help me.

    Unfortunately, in all the more outrageous that happens in my life . Terribly hurt me spiritually and humanly as to what might be a man who is not only patient , but as a human condition have been , quite simply, that which is already there is hardly a way in which I live is terrible, but a tragedy. Unfortunately, there is no sex life is very long since , my life is made up of only one absolutely perfect something this loneliness, sadness and eternal terror is also due to mental illness . Please tell me as soon as possible for their help and all my hope , my trust you to find , I hope one day satisfied that they have to live with the help of above mentioned products without pains and tribulations .
    Unfortunately, life is not possible to proceed further so that here , which is why I ask as soon as possible to help me .

    Thank you.

  2. Ken Wolski / October 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The legacy of America’s War on Drugs: Drugs are cheaper, stronger and more readily available than ever.

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