Ecstasy (MDMA) tablets molded and pressed into the shape of President Donald Trump's face and head have shown up in the United Kingdom. According to reports in British tabloids The Daily Star and The Daily Mail, the pills are manufactured in Amsterdam and then imported to Britain.
The creativity and resilience of drug markets makes drug policy developments immensely challenging. One of the most interesting innovations in recent years are crypto markets, a kind of eBay for drugs, that provides participants with anonymity, uses crypto currencies for payment, and aggregates and displays customer feedback ratings and comments.” The question many are asking now is whether crypto markets permit drug transactions without violence, or at least with less violence. Drug trafficking, after all, is responsible for a wide variety of human rights violations, from farmers being driven from their land, or air sprayed with toxic agrochemicals that contaminate riverbeds and licit crops, to minors being exploited for labor to citizens being executed. Can a shift towards deep web trading mitigate any of these problems?
This article first appeared on Deep Dot Web.
Why It's a Lot Less Risky These Days to Get Your Hands on Interesting Drugs - If You Know Where to Look
Friends, countrymen, heads, lend me your lobes. We live in the Golden Age of Drugs.
Silk Road has been busted, Agora has voluntarily shut down (at least for now), but Dark Web drug sales show no sign of slowing down. Now some particularly brazen operators are coming out of the dark and into the open with illegal drug sales websites available to anyone with a web browser.
This week, a federal judge will sentence Ross Ulbricht, founder and operator of the Silk Road, to at least 30 years in prison after he was convicted earlier this year of a handful of federal felonies for running the dark web drug sales website.
If your robot buys ecstasy, are you responsible? That is exactly what Mike Power wondered when he reviewed the Swiss exhibition The Darknet: From Memes to Onionland for the Guardian in December.