Reporter Learns How Easy it is to Create a Technically Legal Recreational Drug

0Raw Story with another fine example of the ludicrous nature of drug prohibition:

The market in legal highs is growing. In 2009, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s early warning system discovered 24 new drugs. In 2010, it found another 41; in 2011, another 49; and in 2012, there were 73 more. By October 2013, a further 56 new compounds had already been identified: a total of 243 new drugs in just four years.

Or rather, make that 244, because as part of a two-month investigation for the online science and technology publisher Matter, I just devised a new, legal drug, had it synthesised in China, and delivered to a PO Box in central London. It is a close chemical cousin of a substance that was well-loved by some of the world’s most famous musicians, and, it’s rumoured, by John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Truman Capote – but was banned decades ago.

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7 Comments on "Reporter Learns How Easy it is to Create a Technically Legal Recreational Drug"

  1. VaudeVillain | Nov 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm |

    Yet another reason to abandon the Quixotic “War On Drugs”: the windmills get built faster than they can be tilted at.

    • InfvoCuernos | Nov 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm |

      The government makes way too much money on this “war” for them to ever consider giving it up.

  2. The Well Dressed Man | Nov 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm |

    Disappointed the journalist didn’t give more details on the drug itself. It’s implied that it was some sort of amphetamine analog. Ok. It’s not smart to ingest “research chemicals,” but if I went through the trouble to order a custom designer drug online, there’s no way I wouldn’t sample it, especially if writing an article on the subject. Boring.

  3. GregForest | Nov 2, 2013 at 1:31 am |

    Texas fixed this problem about a decade ago. ANY substance that makes you high and is not a prescription drug is illegal. If it feels good, its bad. They got tired of chasing chemistry.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Nov 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm |

      Last time I was in Texas, DPS was arresting people in bars for public intoxication, and mountains of cheap, pure powder were flowing up the I35 corridor, giving yalls 2 step some extra pep.

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