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New super strain of coca plant stuns anti-drug officials DRUG traffickers have created a new strain of coca plant that yields up to four times more cocaine than existing plants and promises to revolutionise Colombia’s drugs industry.
posted by Postroad (22 comments total)

 
Brooklyn hipsters rejoice.
posted by dhoyt at 10:11 AM on August 29, 2004


Oops.
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 10:29 AM on August 29, 2004


dhoyt, that's such a negative attitude.
posted by the fire you left me at 10:35 AM on August 29, 2004


"Cocaine is a hell of a drug." - Rick James
posted by gwint at 10:39 AM on August 29, 2004


I've asked, "What is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful?" And they say, "Well, it intensifies your personality."

Yes. But what if you're an asshole?


--Bill Cosby
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:42 AM on August 29, 2004


Now we have a new excuse to kill Latin Americans.
posted by trharlan at 10:45 AM on August 29, 2004


Woohoo!!!
posted by SweetJesus at 10:45 AM on August 29, 2004


That's good. Usually I think, "Man, I could go for about four times more."
posted by jon_kill at 11:11 AM on August 29, 2004


There's a PepsiBlue pun in here somewhere, but given the fact that my darling goddaughter appears to have given me cholera, I'm not up to it.

Anybody? Bueller?
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:11 AM on August 29, 2004


Rand Beers is not going to like this.
posted by homunculus at 11:22 AM on August 29, 2004


So with the crack I'll be 400ft tall & laserproof?
posted by i_cola at 11:23 AM on August 29, 2004


I was thinking of planting a hedge...
posted by wsg at 3:12 PM on August 29, 2004


It yields four times more coke, not coke that's four times more powerful. It will still get stepped on plenty before it reaches your nostrils (or anus if you're that type).
posted by sharksandwich at 3:23 PM on August 29, 2004


Anyone here tried cocaine? I haven't, just wondering.
posted by tomplus2 at 4:29 PM on August 29, 2004


While I'm sure many people here have used cocaine, I'm not sure as many will be happy to admit to it on Metafilter. If it's information on the drug you are looking for, look no further than erowid.org.
posted by futureproof at 4:39 PM on August 29, 2004


I've tried cocaine. Why would we not admit to this on MetaFilter?

However, there are lots of memoirs out there about being addicted to cocaine--the late great Julia Phillips and the still-with-us Jerry Stahl are just two of the people who have written about it in detail.
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:49 PM on August 29, 2004


New super strain of coca plant stuns anti-drug officials

So does a baseball bat, and you're a lot more likely to have one handy.
posted by George_Spiggott at 6:20 PM on August 29, 2004


I will make a deal to my columbian partners for transport for $50,000 per shipment, guaranteed. Mefites will get 20 percent off.
posted by Keyser Soze at 7:45 PM on August 29, 2004


It yields four times more coke, not coke that's four times more powerful.

According to the article:

A toxicologist, Camilo Uribe, who studied the coca, said: "The quality and percentage of hydrochloride from each leaf is much better, between 97 and 98 per cent. A normal plant does not get more than 25 per cent, meaning that more drugs and of a higher purity can be extracted."

So nearly four times as powerful.
posted by toby\flat2 at 7:51 PM on August 29, 2004


First a full-on submarine for smuggling, now this. Yet another example of free markets and unfettered capitalism driving innovation.
posted by QuestionableSwami at 8:10 PM on August 29, 2004


I hope they do the same thing to basil next.
posted by etc. at 7:28 AM on August 30, 2004


...and it's totally impervious to detection by drug dogs...somebody better call Dave and Hutch.
posted by m@ at 8:03 AM on August 30, 2004


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