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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Drug bill attacks problem at its source

    Anyone caught with ingredients used to create crystal meth and ecstasy may soon be charged with a criminal offence.

    Changes to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act to make that happen received unanimous approval in the House of Commons this week.

    "Canadians from all four political parties this week rallied behind a bill that will protect our youth and make our people healthier," said a press release from West Vancouver Conservative MP John Weston, who introduced a private member's bill to amend the act.

    The bill, which received third and final reading in the House this week, must now receive Senate approval before it becomes law.

    Weston said ecstasy and crystal meth are highly toxic and addictive and the bill attempts to attack the problem at its source by dealing directly with the precursors of the drugs.

    Crystal meth can be produced through over-the-counter drugs sold at pharmacies. It includes ingredients such as ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, commonly found in cold and cough medicines. Producers of the drug cook the ephedrine into crystal meth using chemicals such as ammonia or lye.

    Ecstasy is produced through a complicated scientific process involving hydrogen peroxide.

    Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton said "police welcome anything that adds to our tool box in taking harmful substances off the streets. These drugs are insidious substances that ruin lives."



    BY KIM PEMBERTON,
    VANCOUVER SUN
    JUNE 11, 2010

    http://www.vancouversun.com/Drug+bill+attacks+problem+source/3140267/story.html

Comments

  1. Simplepowa
    haha

    They will band hydrogen peroxyde?

    And pseudoephedrine that is in anti-allergic tablet and cough medicine?

    Not sure to understand the news.

    and I can understand their motive for crystal meth, but for MDMA ?

    These drugs will continue to be created anyway. It is just a waste of time and money to be passing this bill.

    It does not really attack the drug problem at its sources...

    Edit: And they will ban NaOH? What soap maker will do?

    Canada is getting more and more lost with Harper
  2. John Doe
    This bill is directly making Candadian people healthier? Really?


    Way to go Weston, Ecstasy being 'highly toxic' is definitely under the microscope at the moment but as for it being addictive WTF??? I can completely understand the Crystal Meth problem but a few pills? Fucking hell the world is going slowly back to the middle ages. Next thing we know it'll be legal for pricks like Weston to sleep with the wife on her wedding night before the groom gets a chance!!!
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    I would think they are almost certainly getting pressure from the US to do this. As far as I understand, most precursor chemicals, as well as pill presses, are legal in Canada. Vancouver BC is a major point of importing these chemicals from Asia.

    BC in particular is a major production area for both MDMA and "ecstasy mimic" (aka piperazine based pills) production, with seizures of 100,000+ pills being smuggled into the US rather common at border crossings. A huge portion of the US supply of MDMA/Ecstasy originates in Canada, though the methamphetamine production seems to be more for domestic supply- even in border states w/ long established smuggling routes such as WA the the methamphetamine is predominantly from mexico or local.

    This bill will complicate things for the major gangs importing precursors by the truckload and producing massive quantities. Won't stop them...just a speedbump in the road.
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