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Mexxxxxxxxxxxxxxy

By slicedmind

It’s always excit­ing when a drug is banned, but the recent announce­ment by the Home Office con­cern­ing the immin­ent banning of the former ‘legal high’ meth­oxetam­ine set unpre­ced­en­ted levels of excite­ment and con­fu­sion by making it a new kind of illegal.

Under the pre­vi­ous system, if the British Gov­ern­ment wanted to ban a drug, they had to consult their gaggle of sci­ent­ists, doctors and other assor­ted experts col­lect­ively known as the ACMD, ignore their views, sack them for object­ing to being ignored, appointnew panel and then do what they were always going to do by banning the drug anyway. This cir­cum­ven­ted cum­ber­some bur­eau­cracy, and also allowed min­is­ters to tran­scend any remain­ing ties to object­ive reality by apply­ing such bans to chem­ic­als the exist­ence, let alone the effects, of which had not yet been proven.

Meth­oxetam­ine, pur­portedly syn­thes­ised by the inten­tion­ally mys­ter­i­ous under­ground chemist ‘M’, has emerged in the past two years as a “bladder-friendly” altern­at­ive to ket­am­ine, but is more widely known for raising the stupid-drug-name bar which every­one thought had peaked with “meow meow”, being dubbed “mexxy” and “roflcoptr”. Need­less to say, the putat­ive tox­ic­o­logy inform­a­tion presen­ted to promote the drug is highly ques­tion­able, as should be obvious

More recently meth­oxetam­ine has got the British tabloid press froth­ing after its alleged involve­ment in the death of two people. Need­less to say the post­mortem revealed both had meth­oxetam­ine and alcohol in their blood at the time of death. At the time of writing, no move has been made to ban alcohol.

Meth­oxetam­ine is the first sub­stance to be banned under what’s called a ‘tem­por­ary class drug order’, a new measure enshrined in legis­la­tion in Novem­ber 201. Making a sub­stance subject to an order effect­ively bans it for 12 months, offer­ing the gov­ern­ment the welcome oppor­tun­ity to ban the banned drug all over again in a years’ time.

 

Police Officer
“Yes! Even more crimes to solve!”

 

This isn’t how they put it. In their words the intro­duc­tion of an order is to allow time for the ACMD to perform tests and decide whether it should be per­man­ently con­trolled. During this time the man­u­fac­ture, supply and con­sump­tion of such a sub­stance subject to an order, the effects and impact of which are neces­sar­ily unknown, is pun­ish­able by prison sen­tences up to 14 years and an unlim­ited fine, the current penalty imposed for sup­ply­ing class B drugs such as amphet­am­ines.

But perhaps after said testing period the ban might be lifted? Current Home Sec­ret­ary Theresa May recently announced in some­what less than neutral terms, an upcom­ing review of legis­la­tion con­cern­ing ket­am­ine, stating that the review was promp­ted by “heightened public concern about the pop­ular­ity and poten­tial harms of ket­am­ine” and con­sid­er­ing the last major report into the legal status of a con­trolled sub­stance res­ul­ted in can­nabis being re-upgraded to a class B drug against the advise of the ACMD, it is looking unlikely that a radical rethink of drug-policy is taking place by our elected leaders in West­min­ster Palace.

This time the ACMD impli­citly admit that meth­oxetam­ine appears to be more dan­ger­ous than ket­am­ine and with the review of ket­am­ine looking likely to result in an upgrad­ing, the care­fully charged words spoken at the start of the ban set the tone for when in 12 months time, meth­oxetam­ine is per­man­ently con­trolled.
Since ket­am­ine was made a class C drug in 2006, its use has risen dra­mat­ic­ally indic­at­ing that the ban has made no impact on use and has act­ively driven people onto what the ACMD believe is an even more harmful drug, meth­oxetam­ine. As such, the decision not to let meth­oxetam­ine remain legal will, at best, have no impact on trends of use and at worst drive users to increas­ingly unsafe sub­stances.

This seems as good a time as ever to remind you that prior to his elec­tion, David Cameron act­ively spoke out against the absurdity of the war on drugs. I await his inter­ven­tion on this matter immin­ently.

[This article was written for Syn​chronium​.net by sliced­mind, who runs an eso­teric music blog here and, well, lets just say, owes me big time.].

4 Responses to Mexxxxxxxxxxxxxxy

  1. domski23 says:

    Another quality article. The way gov­ern­ments don’t work does make ya wonder, ahh who cares it’s just another dic­tat­or­ship dressed up as a demo­cracy, they’ll do what they want regard­less of their own facts and science and I’m not really sure why, when evid­ently a straight ban does not achieve the required effect, merely provides the scaboids of Fleet Street with a head­line to calm the panic and misled uneducated public (regards sub­stances). At for 6 months and the next scare story and away we go again — for every sub­stance banned, a new sub­stance becomes avail­able. Like the war on terror — that the west gen­er­ated — it’s an unwinnable war. etc etc etc Anyway, I’ll look forward to the replace­ment ‘latest post’ when that becomes avail­able, mums the word!

  2. Mike says:

    An abso­lutely fant­astic article. While I don’t live in the UK, I follow all or your posts because we are having nearly all of the same issues here in America; the only dif­fer­ence being a slightly dif­fer­ent flavor of polit­ical bull­shit. Keep up the good work!

  3. fiona says:

    I think my views on this topic, also relate to my longer post on your ’10 reasons why’ topic.

    I think the banning issue is a kne-jerk reac­tion to the media scandal about the unfor­tu­nate deaths. I won’t go on about I wonder how many people drowned due to alcohol…

    MXE seems to be used as an example as the first RC to be banned under the new laws. It’s more about that, and making an example for the topic of legal highs as a whole, and a knee-jerk ban due to that alleged fatal­ity. It cer­tainly isn’t about clamp­ing down on/​stopping emerging/​existing legal highs. If it’s about that, they cer­tainly missed a lot of ‘em.

    I believe the Gov­ern­ment is happy to sweep legal highs use under the carpet, as long as their isn’t a media scandal about one. Then if there’s a scandal/​death, then this legis­la­tion is there, to ‘protect us’. For the rest, they’ll still be sold.

    I don’t think MXE will be legal in a year. But I’m sure already, there’s a newer altern­at­ive.

  4. Lex Pelger says:

    Hello,

    Great article. I just found this blog and appre­ci­ate it’s sci­entific ways.

    I couldn’t get the contact form to load but would love to talk more.

    I’m a sci­ent­ist also writing about mater­i­als as the Good Doctor at Altv​er​i​ety​.com.

    .x

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