Mephedrone Arrives in the Province

By Terrapinzflyer · Jun 25, 2010 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    The drug is called mephedrone and is a white powdery substance that RNC Sgt. Marlene Jesso of the Street Drug Unit says has the same effect as cocaine and ecstasy.

    A 19-year old man was arrested yesterday in the east end of St. John's. He is facing charges of trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking of mephedrone. Another drug was seized and more charges could be laid. Police say the accused had about 103 grams of mephedrone which has an approximate street value of up to $4,000.

    Jesso says this drug should not be confused with methadone.

    Mephedrone originates in the United Kingdom where once it was actually legal but has since been deemed illegal. Canada lists mephedrone as a controlled substance.

    June 25 2010

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    This is the first I have seen indicating mephedrone as a controlled substance in Canada- can anyone find any facts to substantiate (or counter) this claim?
  2. S.J.P.
    Mephedrone is NOT a controlled substance in Canada; the charges laid on this man are complete bullshit.

    From the man's employer:

    "[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It began with Wikipedia. Steve had just picked up his latest restocking shipment from his PO box and was heading home. An officer had spotted a bag of the products, and began to question, while calling for backup. Eventually there were seven officers surrounding the vehicle with guns drawn. If he had told them it was titanium dioxide, they would not have believed him, even with a presentable business card.

    They took Steve into custody, while they tried to figure out what they were dealing with. Wikipedia provided the legal status that Health Canada had reported on during an interview a little while back. They stated that Mephedrone was a Schedule III compound as it is an analogue of Amphetamine. This gave the newfie police all they needed to force charges down his throat.

    Let's analyze this mistake:
    Schedule III of the CDSA states in the first line 'Amphetamines, their salts, derivatives, isomers and analogues and salts of derivatives, isomers and analogues' are considered controlled substances. This puts all amphetamines, distant amphetamines, and their similar compounds into a terribly unconstitutionally ambiguous trap considering them illegal. 4-methylmethcathinone could be considered this, if it weren't for clause 19, which is later in the chemical listing.

    If you look further down the CDSA, you'll notice the line:
    19. Cathinone ((-)-α-aminopropiophenone) and any salt thereof

    What this means is that the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act does NOT consider Cathinone to be an analogue, or derivative of amphetamine. So now the first amphetamine 'catch-all' clause doesn't have any standing in this instance.

    Now we have to look at #19, Cathinone. It says any salt thereof, but not 'analogues, isomers, or derivatives'. 4-methylmethcathinone is an analogue of CATHINONE. If Cathinone is not close enough to be considered an analogue or derivative of amphetamine by Canadian Law, this means 4-methylmethcathinone is entirely in the clear due to the fact it is even furthur from chemical resemblance. Because of this, 4-methylmethcathinone is not considered illegal by Canadian law and Steve should not have been charged.

    The silly part? He has yet to actually be charged for 4-methylmethcathinone. The police initially filed a charge of 'Possession with intent to traffic, and trafficking of CATHINONE'. The police somehow were able to open up charges on this, though it's terribly immoral and invalid. They just wanted him unable to work for the company.

    The first court date, Friday the 9th, saw the police open up 6 new charges, 'Possession with intent to traffic, and trafficking of Flephedrone, Naphyrone, and alpha-methyltryptamine'. This confirmed our belief that the police are just delaying his ability to work in the field. In fact, this was the first time Steve had received these three new products, so he had not distributed them to any researchers as of the date he was apprehended. If they did any intelligent research, they would have found the following:

    Flephedrone (4-fluoromethcathinone)
    - This is just the same as Mephedrone. In that it is an analogue of Cathinone. Since Cathinone isn't close enough to Amphetamine (according to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) to be considered an analogue, 4-fluoromethcathinone cannot be regarded as an analogue of amphetamine, due to the fact that it is even further from similarity than Cathinone itself is. Flephedrone is not listed as a controlled substance directly, anywhere in the CDSA.

    AMT (alpha-methyltryptamine)
    - This is not covered by any analogue clause, and is not listed anywhere as a controlled substance. Thus this chemical is perfectly legal to possess, it is sold for research purposes, and not for consumption obviously.

    Naphyrone (naphthylpyrovalerone)
    - A derivative of pyrovalerone. Pyrovalerone derivatives aren't covered by the CDSA. Pyrovalerone is listed in Schedule IV of the CDSA as #26.

    So, all eight charges against this man are invalid. I really feel for him, and I REALLY hope he wins this case, to set a precedent for further false charges like these.
  3. MikeOLogical
    SWIM faced similar idiocy when he lived in New York... as far as most police are concerned, any powder is an illegal substance... even if you put coffee creamer in a baggie so you can take some to work with you and not carry the entire container, you can be arrested and wait six weeks in a cell before the tests come back negative... it's a screwed up system and the game is stacked against you, but the average person doesn't walk around with bags of powder, so you won't get much sympathy from the common man...
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    'Legal ecstasy' causing concern in Quebec

    MONTREAL — The Quebec government is alerting the public of the dangerous side effects of mephedrone, billed as "legal ecstasy" in at least one Quebec City shop.

    The drug, which offers a high similar to ecstasy, has recently been the target of governments around the world. In the last eight months, France, Italy, Belgium and Germany have banned the substance.

    The Quebec City Health and Social Services Agency issued a health advisory Tuesday warning Quebecers of the dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects of the drug. The warning was prompted by the recent hospitalization of a young girl in Quebec City who was sent to the intensive care unit for severe intoxication from the drug.

    "As far as we know, it's the first case of this kind in Quebec," said agency spokeswoman Marianne Potvin. "The drug is very dangerous and we have a role to warn the public about dangerous substances."

    The news release urged Quebecers not to be fooled by packaging that touts it as a natural and legal substance, often sold as plant food in head shops. The drug is also available online from various websites.

    Users can experience many negative side effects, including nausea, vomiting, anxiety, paranoia, convulsions and hallucinations, according to the advisory.

    The drug, which became available in 2007, has so far caused two deaths, one in Sweden and one in England.

    Mephedrone can also lead to extreme thirst, prompting the user to drink too many fluids. Also referred to as water intoxication, this is what happened to the Quebec City girl.

    "The young girl was in a very severe state," said Pierre Auger, a doctor with the Quebec City public health department. "The substance she took made her really thirsty."

    He said the young girl is recovering and is "out of danger."

    The substance is illegal in Canada, but is regulated as a controlled substance because it is an analog of amphetamine, according to Health Canada spokesman Gary Scott Holub.

    "Unless authorized by regulation, all activities with mephedrone are prohibited in Canada," he said.

    The drug, known on the streets as M-cat or Meow Meow, is popular among clubbers and ravers. Its effects are similar to those of regular ecstasy, such as feelings of alertness and euphoria.

    "It's considered to be less strong than ecstasy," said Auger. "People take it and three or four hours later, (the high) is gone."

    Montreal Police said they have never had a case involving this substance.

    According to the health advisory, there is one business in Quebec City that sells the drug and police are currently investigating the location. No additional information was given about the business.

    Auger said mephedrone is part of the cathinone drug family found in the khat plant of eastern Africa.

    It can be snorted, taken orally or injected.

    AUGUST 18, 2010 8:02 PM
  5. S.J.P.
    ^ Health Canada spokesman Gary Scott Holub doesn't know what he's talking about. This is pissing me off, that he can just go around saying that and all these news outlets are taking it as fact.

    Look at Schedule III of the CDSA . ALL of the listed derivatives and analogues are -ethanamine, and mephedrone is a freaking KETONE. The term analogue is given a conveniently vague definition in the CDSA ("a substance that, in relation to a controlled substance, has a substantially similar chemical structure")... but anyone with the least bit of common sense combined with the least bit of chemistry knowledge should be able to understand that amphetamine and mephedrone are not "substantially similar," especially when considering the separate entries in Schedule III which the CDSA does not consider amphetamine analogues.
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