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  • andin,

    Good article. Wonder if Manurewa Acting Area Commander Richard Wilkie has read it

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1648 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Yeah, that Howard Marks column gets it about right in terms of setting the scene for justifying a change of tack by governments. Bit I ain't holding my breath on that score.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    people buying cold/flu medicine containing epedrines will have to register their ID card

    People buying 20 tablets for a cold or 100kg for export, labelled as something else?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5523 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    People buying 20 tablets for a cold or 100kg for export, labelled as something else?

    Good question. The original article is here (Chinese language). It mentions ephedrine cold medicines being used to make crystal meth (locally known as ice. I guess this sentence gives you the best answer:


    The State Drug Administration says that retailers selling cold medicines containing ephedrines will have to check and register the ID cards of buyers.

    Original text so you can check my translation (which is rather loose, I admit, but that's the basically what it says), just please don't use Google misTranslate or any other machine translation. So I expect to be asked for a passport next time I try to buy cold medicine containing ephedrine.

    This fits with our experience of Immigration, When my wife picked up her NZ tourist visa she was given a pamphlet explaining that cold medicines containing ephedrine were illegal and the penalties for importing such things. Seems part of the problem really was people stocking up on medicines you can't get in NZ and flying over with them in their luggage. I'm sure some was "legitimate" (Mum, I can't buy this medicine in NZ, can you bring some over? - expats are weird like that), but I'm sure some was just as equally using those legitimate-sounding reasons to ship some over to be cooked up into P or whatever.

    Now off to collect my prescription - Chinese herbal stuff for asthma, no epehedrines.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2380 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Some added context here: Top 10: Please show your ID

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2117 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    Done the way it has been in various US states, medical cannabis does, undoubtedly (and as its critics point out) weaken prohibition overall.

    No, what it does is make it really easy for the prohibitionists to imprison people. The paperwork is all there and the criminals are gauranteed not to be dangerous.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong,

    I know this is an older thread, but what a refreshingly real approach David Nutt brings!

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 132 posts Report Reply

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