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Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill 2010

This bill sounds all bad – it will or could (hopefully not) take harm-reducing vaporisers away from our shelves! I sure hope Nikki Kaye (my local MP) doesn’t vote for it, or at least can argue my point below against some of the clauses.

Here is a quote:

Extending drug paraphernalia
Section 22(1A) of the Act (“headed: Powers of Minister to prohibit importation, etc, of controlled drugs”) provides that the Minister may from time to time, by notice in the Gazette, prohibit the import or supply of any class of pipe or other utensil, not being a needle or syringe, that may be used for administering any controlled drug or in the preparation of any controlled drug to be administered, either absolutely or subject to such conditions as the Minister thinks fit.

Control of the importation and supply of drug utensils
“The provisions for prohibiting the importation and supply of utensils used for the purpose of administering controlled drugs will be expanded to make it an offence to possess utensils for the purpose of sale or supply and prohibit the importation of incomplete utensils that, for example, require only the addition of a metal cone for burning cannabis to become usable. This will allow Police and Customs to more effectively enforce the utensils provisions and minimise the visibility and availability of drug paraphernalia”.

Control of the importation and supply of drug utensils
“The provisions for prohibiting the importation and supply of utensils used for the purpose of
administering controlled drugs will be expanded to make it an offence to possess utensils for the
purpose of sale or supply and prohibit the importation of incomplete utensils that, for example, require
only the addition of a metal cone for burning cannabis to become usable. This will allow Police and
Customs to more effectively enforce the utensils provisions and minimise the visibility and availability of drug paraphernalia”6.

They really badly need to make an exception for medical vaporisers! These devices allow a carcinogen-free delivery of the medicine to the patient, and banning them will create needless additional harm for no reason – an unintended side effect. A vaporiser works to reduce harm to the user by reducing the heat from around 400c for combustion down to where THC to boils at around 180c. Cancer causing free radicals are formed above 200c, thus the device is helpful. Or maybe the politicians want us to get ill, for example by making a pipe from an aluminium can etc.

Our suggestion for an improvement:

Insert an exemption for vaporisers… or an exemption for all marijuana utensils… or better still just remove  paraphernalia clauses altogether!!