Of all the features about the Schapelle Corby case, the oddest seems to be the price disparity. According to the 2004 World Drug Report (PDF file), the price of marijuana in Indonesia is about US$1/gram retail, or US$100/kg wholesale. The prices in Australia are US$19/gram retail, and US$3050/kg wholesale.* So we’re expected to believe that Corby risked life and limb to carry 4.1kg to Indonesia, thereby reducing the retail value of the contents of her bodyboard bag from US$77,900 to US$4100.
Why isn’t this getting more play in the mainstream media? Is it that we think it’s somehow dirty to talk about drug prices?
* An article on the World Socialist Web Site says 4.1kg of marijuana wholesales in Australia for A$36,000, which is quite a bit higher than the World Drug Report’s estimate. I see two explanations for this: either the price has risen a lot since the WDR came out. Or else the socialists are buying from a mid-level dealer who claims to be a wholesaler.