COMMENT:

Good economic news this week: a $7.5 billion budget surplus, unemployment is down and meth has never been cheaper. The median price is $500 a gram, although nationally there's a big variation in what you'll pay, with prices ranging from $400 a gram in Auckland to $650 a gram in Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough. With any other product a 37.5 per cent difference in price between one part of the country and another would be seen as criminal, but meth seems to be a special case. And there are clearly still bargains to be had if you shop around.

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