Medical-Grade Ecstasy Is Perfectly Safe

The drug MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy, X and Molly), was originally made in 1912 by the German pharmaceutical Merck during an attempt to make a pill that stops abnormal bleeding. About fifty years later, the drug resurfaced when people figured out it gave them a good high. In the 1980s, psychiatrists started experimenting with it during talk therapy to aid in communication, but in 1986 the DEA made it illegal and placed it in the same Schedule I category as cocaine and heroin. The reason? It had no medical use and a high potential for abuse. In other words, it was a recreational drug, and recreational drugs are not supposed to be legal… aside from tobacco and alcohol, since the former was protected by Big Tobacco and its millions of users and the latter was banned and then legalized again after the nation realized everyone was still drinking, and the only thing prohibition did was fuel organized crime.

 

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This week, the chief medical officer of British Columbia told the press that pure Ecstasy is perfectly safe and that instead of being banned, it should be regulated like alcohol. He also noted that street Ecstasy contains a lot of other compounds which make illegal versions of the drug unsafe. So given that it’s currently one of the most popular recreational drugs and used by millions of people, what the DEA has effectively done is taken a safe, legal substance and pushed it underground where it’s now unsafe due to the illicit nature of the drug trade.

This revelation is the latest salvo in a series of attacks against the prohibition of recreational drugs: earlier this year it was revealed that besides also being perfectly safe, LSD can cure alcoholism quite well, and last year a poll showed that half of Americans (which amazingly includes evangelical leader Pat Robertson) want marijuana legalized. Meanwhile, all three of those drugs, Ecstasy, LSD and marijuana  — all of which have been shown to be less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco — are still Schedule 1 drugs, along with cocaine and heroin. Other pills on the other hand, like ones for sleeping, are available over the counter and carry adverse side effects that include death. Clearly, despite widespread propaganda to the contrary, the purpose of prohibition is not safety.

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