Let us begin by saying that the world would truly be a boring place if the law and its enforcement were the same everywhere. If we couldn’t gamble in Macau, buy massive assault rifles in the United States, and hoard any remaining cash in Anguilla, would this not be a drab and dreary planet?
That said, some time ago, we learned that drugs of all sorts could be purchased on Alibaba, and to test, we cross-indexed a list of 38 “Drugs and Chemicals of Concern” with a simple Alibaba search. Low and behold, the tip-off proved to be quite accurrate, and at that time, every drug on the list with the exception of cocaine was available — and the list doesn’t even include street names or brands. (Full disclosure: we did not take the test to the next level.)
Fast forward to the present and Alibaba is embroiled in a major scandal, which resulted in the sacking its CEO due to systematic fraud (unrelated to drugs). As for the list, it seems a few items have disappeared and many searches now display this tepid disclaimer, “Notice: Certain products cannot be sold because they are prohibited items on Alibaba.com, – e.g. Medicine such as Aspirin cannot be sold.” Still, if you are in the market for Organic Khat or share a taste for MJ’s “milk,” look no further.
Obviously, a lot of the trade in such items should be sales between businesses, but a quick check reveals the use of phrases like “discrete delivery,” which suggests its not all kosher. That is to say, it appears that Alibaba fills a gap in the global supply chain of illicit drugs, but given the its global ambition and public status, one wonders how much longer the site can maintain such lax enforcement. What say you, Milton Friedman?
See the full list after the jump.
- 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylthiophenethylamine (2C-T-7)
- 5-Methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine (5-MeO-DIPT)
- ANABOLIC STEROIDS
- d-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
- Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid
- Human Growth Hormone
- Nalbuphine Hydrochloride
- Salvia Divinorum
- Spice Cannabinoid