Thai Provinces To Ban Caffeine

Thai Provinces To Ban Caffeine
Posted by FoM on February 26, 2000 at 08:27:47 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: New York Times
Thai authorities will ban caffeine from six northern provinces beginning next month to prevent its use in the production of the illegal stimulant methamphetamine, a Thai newspaper reported Saturday. Caffeine will not be listed as a controlled substance but its shipment to the provinces in northern Thailand close to neighboring Myanmar will be prohibited, reported the Bangkok Post newspaper, quoting Prime Minister's Office Minister Jurin Laksanavisit. 
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is believed to be the source of most of the methamphetamine that is flooding into Thailand. In the past few years the stimulant has overtaken heroin as the greatest drug threat to the country, largely because it can be made and sold cheaply. Myanmar is also a major source of heroin and opium. The announcement of the ban came after an article in Myanmar's state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper accused Thailand, along with China and India, of being the sources for the chemicals in the manufacture of amphetamines. Thai authorities have angrily denied the allegation, and reports from various drug experts suggest that India and China are far more likely culprits. ``Amphetamine continues to be the biggest threat among illegal drugs,'' Sorasit Sangprasert, the secretary-general of Thailand's Narcotics Control Board, was quoted as saying in the newspaper The Nation. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) Published: February 26, 2000Copyright 2000 The New York Times Company 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 26, 2000 at 09:40:30 PT
I Agree
I think if they took my coffee and caffeine away I would go stark raving MADD! LOL!I 'm just kidding but I would be miserable! It sure is the pot calling the kettle black.Peace, FoM!
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Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on February 26, 2000 at 09:23:11 PT
Another pot calling the kettle black
At least, as far as the nations producing drugs in that region of the world are concerned. All the countries mentioned have either produced opiates (India first, then China, then Thailand and Myanmar) or currently act as conduits (the southern provinces of China, for example). But in every case, the story is always the same: just like the US, they simply cannot control so lucrative a market as this. You might as well try to rescind the Law of Gravity. Considering the history of that region - particularly around Chiang Mai, where the majority of opium is grown - Thailand will have about as much effectiveness in banning caffeine as it has had in banning opium production. That is to say, none. 
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