It is apparently very easy and shows the pointlessness of legislation in attempting to halt the creation, distribution and enforcement of “legal” highs.
Motherboard at Vice explains just how easy it is to manufacture your very own legal highs.
Pick a banned drug, any banned drug. Perform a slight molecular twist. Find a lab—probably somewhere in China—that’s down to pump out a bunch of this stuff et voilà, you’ve got yourself a new, legal version of that illegal substance.
So goes the reportage in the sort of breathless and oftentimes inaccurate (or straight up untrue) press and television coverage we’ve come to expect in the wake of overdoses and psychological traumas wrought on by whichever so-called new psychoactive substance is hot at any given moment. But is inventing and manufacturing a perfectly legal version, or analogue, of an illegal recreational drug a simple matter of tweaking that banned drug’s chemical structure and putting out feelers to some sketchy pill stamper or powder-head outside of Shanghai? Is it really that easy? Read more »
Some hours ago, in Atlanta, USA.
As we’ve seen, Paul “Wiener” Findlay stood down from the Q-Topia Board as a result of his little online tryst. Board Chairman Neil Hellewell took the chance to defend Paul Findlay’s actions, suggesting that it was a stitchup and Findlay would deserve apologies once the ‘real story’ was known.
To jump ahead in the narrative, we now have a Q-Topia board where one has resigned due to alleged sexual grooming of a minor, one has a police complaint for a number of breaches of the law, including illegal drug use and supply, another has publicly admitted to using illegal drugs, and a Board Chairman that, given the chance, is digging in to protect his friends instead of taking a leadership role expected of someone in charge of other people’s children.
Q-Topia, through its sub-group Forge, is a charity that offers itself as a source of help for children that are confused and vulnerable due to gender identity issues. If the anti-gay world ever needed free ammo for an organisation that “makes confused kids gay”, they couldn’t go far wrong with Q-Topia right now.
It appears to me that Neil Hellewell’s judgement isn’t up to the task. He’s is doing damage to a number of causes with his current stance, and fast running out of time to choose the right side of the argument. Neil is a lay pastor at a church, works in the health sector with direct patient contact, and is expected to have a sound moral and ethical basis for decision making.
Whaleoil has been in contact with Neil to suggest it was time to sort this mess out, but so far Neil has only asked questions and not provided any answers to ours.
So, while we wait for events to progress against the board member currently subject to the police complaint, I thought it appropriate to share with you what happened when two members of the public, who have been trying to bring this issue up with Hellewell behind the scenes – quietly – for many months, tried to attend a public Q-Topia board meeting to explain their concerns.
Hi Cameron.Here’s what happened at the QTopia Board meeting that [we] tried to attend tonight. Read more »
Prohibition on drugs hasn’t worked, nor did it work on booze. It was ridiculous to even suggest it may have worked. Prohibition has never worked anywhere in the world.
Even countries with the death penalty for drug offences have drug problems. The world over people are starting to wake up to the issue.
Class A drugs should be decriminalised and drug addicts “treated and cared for not criminalised”, according to a senior UK police officer.
Writing in the Observer, Chief Constable Mike Barton of Durham Police said prohibition had put billions of pounds into the hands of criminals.
He called for an open debate on the problems caused by drugs.
The Home Office reiterated its stance and said drugs were illegal because they were dangerous. Read more »
Boing Boing reports on a nasty drug invented in Russia that is starting to take hold in the US.
Perhaps you’ve heard tell of Krokodil, an injectable street-drug popular in Russia that causes your skin to go green and scaly and eventually to rot off all the way to the bone at injection sites, and gives its habitual users permanent slurred speech and jerky motions, earning it the nickname of the “zombie drug?” Phoenix poison-control centers now report that they’re treating krokodil users, suggesting that the practice of using the drug recreationally is has begun to spread to American shores. A Google Image search for “krokodil” will supply you with ample nightmare fuel for years to come. Read more »
Some people are so dumb they really don’t deserve any sympathy. Dumber than a sack of hammers. 50 shades of duh!
Ana Eriepa believes her ‘paranoid’ partner didn’t know she was trapped as he drove furiously along SH1.
The Rotorua woman who lost a foot after being dragged several kilometres behind a car near Tokoroa has spoken for the first time – defending the man who nearly killed her, and revealing she has been back behind the wheel of the vehicle involved in the horrific incident.
Ana Eriepa, back home and adjusting to life as an amputee, insists Sonny Waiti is not a bad person. Read more »
Greece’s infamous new drug, sisa, is basically meth and filler ingredients like battery acid, engine oil, shampoo, and cooking salt. The majority of its users are poor, often homeless, city dwellers reeling from the psychological and physical impacts of a country in the grip of economic collapse.