Hello all. I couldn't help but notice that there's a major shortage of poppy pods
right now. Many vendors have raised their prices two or threefold over the last month, while others are completely out of stock. And none of them have any information about what's going on.
I heard on another forum that the DEA has issued an inspection of U.S. poppy crops to test for opium content. During that time, farms have been unable to ship any supplies, which explains the current shortage. The "hold" was supposed to last 30 days, and we're nearing the end of that time frame.
My question is, how much legitimacy is there to this rumor? If it's true, what is the likelihood that it will make it impossible to obtain dried poppies in the future? I don't mind paying higher prices, but am really scared that whatever's going on will seriously inhibit my ability to continue crafting.
Lastly, does anyone know of any independent poppy farms or vendors that don't obtain their supplies from one of the major sources? I'm a loyal, repeat customer who is basically looking for a reliable and forthcoming vendor.