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Lab Apparatus Illegal...........(?!)

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Looking at a supplier website, I found a cautionary statement that they could ship no laboratory glassware or other equipment to anyone placing an order from the State of Texas!

 

It seems a regulation has been imposed that requires a PERMIT from the Texas Department of Public Safety to purchase or possess lab apparatus! This was imposed as a means to thwart the use of such equipment to manufacture illegal drugs.

 

Consider the enormous number of commercial concerns, schools, R & D operations, not to mention amateur experimenters, who now must pay a fee to obtain a permit, in order to continue work.

 

Does anyone have additional information pertaining to this, such as will this become a widespread trend?

 

Does anyone think this is a viable approach to countering drug manufacture?

 

Finally, what if Pyrex kitchen-type measuring cups become popular substitutes for beakers, will they then, also, become illegal without permitting?

 

This post not aimed at the politics of this, but rather continuing availability of equipment. imp

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Heh, its funny to think this will hinder the illicit drug manufacturers at all. As you say, you can buy similar equipment at your local hardware store (safety and cleanliness really aren't a concern here). Or if you really needed something, you could just get them in a neighboring state or Mexico and carry them in as well. Or steal them from the local school. Or just lie and pay to get the permit.

 

This will do absolutely nothing to hinder drugs, but just be a PITA for legit users of this type of equipment. But then, very few politicians (or journalists for that matter) have any common sense. Unfortunately for us, politicians are the ones who make the laws, usually because journalists push an issue to get their viewership ratings up.

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Heh, its funny to think this will hinder the illicit drug manufacturers at all. As you say, you can buy similar equipment at your local hardware store (safety and cleanliness really aren't a concern here). Or if you really needed something, you could just get them in a neighboring state or Mexico and carry them in as well. Or steal them from the local school. Or just lie and pay to get the permit.

 

This will do absolutely nothing to hinder drugs, but just be a PITA for legit users of this type of equipment. But then, very few politicians (or journalists for that matter) have any common sense. Unfortunately for us, politicians are the ones who make the laws, usually because journalists push an issue to get their viewership ratings up.

 

 

Understood. Disgusting, but true. imp

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