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Posted By: Terry C, 01-05-2020, 09:16 PM

The Australian island state of Tasmania, produces about 50% of the world's legal opium.

Different varieties are grown for the production of strong pain killers such as codeine and morphine. Planted in late Spring, and ready to harvest early Summer.

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01-05-2020, 09:24 PM   #2
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Wow, never new there were legal poppy farms. You learn something new very day, now if I could just remember all that I learned I'd be a genius.
Nice pictures
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These Poppies were imported by Chinese laborers while building our railroads and are still commonly found along those old rail routes and throughout much of California.
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These Poppies were imported by Chinese laborers while building our railroads and are still commonly found along those old rail routes and throughout much of California.
Commercial Alkaloids are quite different form those early varieties. Many years of development has gone into this industry, so that predictable levels of the required chemical makeup, produces the desired result for different types of pain killers.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Terry C Quote
Commercial Alkaloids are quite different form those early varieties. Many years of development has gone into this industry, so that predictable levels of the required chemical makeup, produces the desired result for different types of pain killers.
Their flowers are not as lovely either. Guess you gotta give up something for reliable potency.
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That’s a huge percentage of worlds supply all in one place... let’s all hope that area never succumbs to disease or some other natural disaster.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Terry C Quote
The Australian island state of Tasmania, produces about 50% of the world's legal opium.

Different varieties are grown for the production of strong pain killers such as codeine and morphine. Planted in late Spring, and ready to harvest early Summer.
Interesting to see what a field looks like.
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Indeed, it's interesting to see this kind of field, since it's not something most of us will ever encounter in person. Thanks for sharing.

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