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The case for MDMA (ecstasy) regulation.

  title={The case for MDMA (ecstasy) regulation.},
  author={Joshua Donelly},
  journal={Journal of law and medicine},
  volume={22 4},
Drug-related harm is the most rational means of determining a substance's legal status. The available evidence suggests that compared to other drugs, 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine (MDMA or "ecstasy") poses a low level of harm to most individual users and causes negligible harm to society. There is no sound justification for criminalising the use of MDMA. .The depenalisation model adopted in Australia does not have any benefits that cannot be achieved by removing minor MDMA offences from… 

The future of the international drug control system and national drug prohibitions

  • W. Hall
  • Political Science
  • 2018
It is argued that a major risk of cannabis legalization in the United States is promotion of heavy use and increased harm by a weakly regulated industry, and that it is unclear what the best approach is to reducing possible harms that may arise from the use of new psychoactive substances.



Equasy — An overlooked addiction with implications for the current debate on drug harms

  • D. Nutt
  • Medicine
    Journal of psychopharmacology
  • 2009
In this study, this study assessed alcohol, tobacco and some other misused substances to provide anchor points that would allow non-experts and the general public to better understand the harms of drugs with which they might not have familiarity.

Why MDMA Should Not Have Been Made Illegal

The most recent "recreational" drug to be made illegal is MDMA, or "ecstasy." [1] Its criminalization never should have happened. MDMA had a beneficial therapeutic use prior to scheduling. Hundreds

Defining harm reduction.

  • E. Single
  • Political Science, Medicine
    Drug and alcohol review
  • 1995
Harm reduction attempts to reduce the adverse consequences of drug use among persons who continue to use drugs and is neutral about the long term goals of intervention while according a high priority to short-term realizable goals.

Legalizing a market for cannabis for pleasure: Colorado, Washington, Uruguay and beyond.

  • R. Room
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • 2014
The legalization initiatives underline the need to revise the drug conventions, making prohibition of domestic markets an optional matter, and would also ease the path for including alcohol under the conventions, which would be an important step forward in global health.

The harmful health effects of recreational ecstasy: a systematic review of observational evidence.

A broad range of relatively low-quality literature suggests that recreational use of ecstasy is associated with significant deficits in neurocognitive function (particularly immediate and delayed verbal memory) and increased psychopathological symptoms.

Instability of the ecstasy market and a new kid on the block: mephedrone

Mephedrone seemed to evoke effects similar to other amphetamine type psychostimulants, including MDMA, however, mephedrone induced strong feelings of craving in most users, likely to be a valid cause for health concern.

Police drug diversion: A study of criminal offending outcomes: (583002012-001)

The structure and effectiveness of state and territory approaches to IDDI programs are looked at through comparison of offending behaviour before and after program attendance, and the type and number of prior offences, Indigenous status, age, gender and compliance with intervention programs were examined.