Commodity Markets in Everything

A question for readers who frequent the black markets: Has the commodity boom had any appreciable effect on the price of recreational drugs? I'm of two minds on this. On the one hand, if the price of wheat and corn have skyrocketed, why not weed? On the other hand, maybe it doesn't use the same inputs as other crops (oil for machinery, fertilizer, etc.), or maybe the prohibition premium dominates the commodity inputs in the final price. Also, if speculation is what's driving the commodity boom, then drugs may be unaffected. Is there a speculative market in recreational drugs?

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Coke Dealer's Gas

Coke Dealer's Gas Surcharge

Cops: Indiana man passed along rising fuel costs to drug customers

SEPTEMBER 18--Spiraling gas prices led an Indiana drug dealer to levy a fuel oil surcharge on customers purchasing cocaine, according to investigators. Anthony Salinas, 18, tacked on the gasoline surcharge when he sold a confidential police source coke on two occasions in June. While arranging one buy, Salinas told the source that a quarter-ounce of cocaine would cost $240--$215 for the drug itself and "$25.00 for gas money to deliver the cocaine," according to the court affidavit, a copy of which you'll find below. Salinas, a Hammond resident, was named last week in a two-count felony information charging him with "dealing in cocaine." (4 pages)

I am still amazed at "fuel

I am still amazed at "fuel surcharges". I know there are valid evospy reasons for these marketing strategy but I swear I'll hug any merchant putting an "increased demand, lowered supply charge" on an item.

I haven't noticed any big changes

Not that I'm an expert...