Finds Ecstasy Bill is Flawed
A report released today by a California civil rights organization concludes that a
proposed bill regarding MDMA or ecstasy may impede research on the drugs
medicinal potential, and also pose enforcement problems that could lead to civil rights
violations, especially of young people attending raves.
The bill, AB 1416, introduced in the California
legislature by Assemblywoman Lynne C. Leach, seeks to place the drug ecstasy within
Schedule I of Californias controlled substances law. Additionally, the bill would
impose a 90-day mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of using or being
under the influence of ecstasy.
Before being outlawed under federal law in 1988, MDMA showed promise as an adjunct to
psychotherapy. Despite intense targeting by federal law enforcement, MDMA remains very
popular today, and is often associated with raves and other events that feature young
people and electronic dance music.
The report by the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) indicates that in
addition to impeding further research on MDMAs medicinal potential, AB 1416 will
likely lead to civil rights violations.
Because MDMA is odorless and orally ingested, rather than injected or smoked, there is
no visible or aromatic evidence of recent use. As a result, police officers will be forced
to employ suspect profiling and invasive drug testing should the bill become
The full CCLE report is available online at: http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/DLL/AB1416index.htm