MARIJUANA IS CHANGING THE FACE of Papua New Guinea society. We now have more red eyed young men and women on the streets who are in a little world of their own.
From my sources on the streets there are very many locations in Madang where drug dealers sell marijuana.
There is no single distributor and no person one has control of the drug trade here in Madang. Perhaps the day is near when a drug lord will create a cartel.
The front walkway of J & Z supermarket is one hotspot for drugs, while the bus stop in front of Modilon is another haven for dealers.
There are 18 hotspots in Madang: Balasiko, 4 Mile, DCA, Sisiak and the list goes on.
One kina for a small pack the size of M&Ms or Smarties.
The marijuana is coming from Kainantu, Goroka and Simbu. The Kainantu stuff is A grade.
Drug mules are packing marijuana inside sweet potato and cabbage bags. The drug is dried and packed in empty 5-kg rice plastic bags.
The coded language for trading is also evolving at a rapid pace. A pack is now referred to as cold leftovers, dust, wasa, kumu gras and other euphemisms.
The police seem powerless in the fight against the use of drugs, while drug dealers seem to be a protected species who roam the streets freely.
There must be questions asked about how effective is the drug squad in the Royal PNG Constabulary. The provincial police commander needs to come up with strategies.
Bernard Yegiora is a lecturer in PNG Studies at Divine Word University and an Associate of Jackson PR Associates Pty Ltd