Pure ecstasy can be 'safe' if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer

Pure substance is not so 'ominous,' some say
The Canadian Press (Canada)
Thursday, June 14, 2012

B.C.'s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be "safe" when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and British Columbia about the dangers of the street drug after a rash of deaths. Dr. Perry Kendall asserts the risks of MDMA — the pure substance originally synonymous with ecstasy — are overblown, and that its lethal dangers only arise when the man-made chemical is polluted by money-hungry gangs who cook it up. That's why the chief provincial health officer is suggesting the risks of black market MDMA could be mitigated, for example if it were legalized and potentially sold through licensed, government-run stores where the product is strictly regulated from assembly line to check-out.