Chemical ecstasy components banned in SA
September 11, 2009 - 10:49AM
More than 60 chemicals that can be used as ingredients for making illegal drugs including ice and ecstasy have been banned in South Australia.
Attorney-General Michael Atkinson said on Friday the new regulation would make it harder than ever to manufacture harmful street drugs.
"This ban is aimed at taking the ground from under the illicit drug manufacturers," he said.
"We are taking the core ingredients for illegal street drugs out of the hands of those who concoct their deadly cocktails."
Under the new laws, a person found in possession of one or more of the listed precursor chemicals without a reasonable excuse could face up to three years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
Mr Atkinson said businesses that supply or have a legitimate reason to use the chemicals would not be affected by the laws.
"It is those who do not have a reasonable excuse for possessing the listed chemicals who will face serious penalties," he said.