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EU Scientists Legalize Controversial Herbicide Paraquat

Brussels -- EU scientists agreed on Friday to legalize the controversial herbicide paraquat, to the fury of environmentalists who insist the chemical is acutely toxic for both humans and animals.

"There was a vote and it was passed, so the European Commission can now adopt it (as a regulation). The Nordic states voted against...but there will be a lot of conditions," said an official at the EU's executive Commission.

Paraquat became widely known when it was sprayed on Latin American marijuana fields in the 1970s as a defoliant. It is currently authorized as a weedkiller in 10 EU member states but Friday's ruling makes its use legal across the bloc.

Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Austria -- all of which have banned paraquat for many years -- voted against the proposal, and were joined by Luxembourg. The Netherlands abstained.

Critics say it is impossible to handle paraquat safely and claim the chemical harms the lungs, skin and eyes of workers handling it. Paraquat producers deny these charges.

It was not immediately clear what kind of conditions would be attached to using and selling paraquat, but Commission officials have previously said the herbicide is unlikely to be put on sale to the general public.

The EU's debate over paraquat has been running for years, with a vote on bloc-wide legalization postponed four times due to bitter differences between the 15 member states.

Environmentalists were outraged by the decision as they have long campaigned for paraquat's total removal from EU markets.

"The...approval of paraquat for the EU-wide marketing is irresponsible," said John Hontelez, secretary-general of the European Environmental Bureau lobby group.

"We urgently need a general reform of Europe's chemical policy, which prevents serious or long-term damage to human health and environment by forcing the substitution of such unacceptable chemicals with safer alternatives."

In a statement co-signed by Friends of the Earth and Pesticides Action Network Europe, Hontelez said paraquat's legalization would lead to more use of the chemical and perhaps bring it back onto markets of countries where it was now banned.

EU Scientists Legalize Controversial Herbicide
Source: Reuters October 03, 2003

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The extent of poisoning caused by paraquat depends on the amount, route, and duration of exposure and the person’s condition of health at the time of the exposure. Paraquat causes direct damage when it comes into contact with the lining of the mouth, stomach, or intestines. After paraquat enters the body, it is distributed to all areas of the body. Toxic chemical reactions occur throughout many parts of the body, primarily the lungs, liver, and kidneys. The actual mechanism by which paraquat damages the lungs is not known.

Paraquat was first produced for commercial purposes in 1961. Worldwide, paraquat is still one of the most commonly used herbicides. In the United States, due to its toxicity, paraquat is available for use only by commercially licensed users.

If a person survives the toxic effects of paraquat poisoning, long-term lung damage (scarring) is highly likely. Other long-term effects may also occur, including kidney failure, heart failure, and esophageal strictures (scarring of the swallowing tube that makes it hard for a person to swallow). People with high-dose exposure to paraquat are not likely to survive.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Paraquat is a weed killer once promoted by the United States for use in Mexico to destroy marijuana plants. Research found that this herbicide was dangerous both to workers who applied it to the plants and to people who smoked the marijuana harvested from them.

Paraquat is now banned in the United States, although it is still legal for some uses in Mexico. As most marijuana smoked in the U.S. is now domestically grown, the risk of paraquat lung to American marijuana smokers is minimal.

Paraquat may cause lung damage by inhalation, it may cause esophageal erosions or ulcers from ingestion and absorption through the gut, or it can cause skin breakdown through contact with intact skin.

Severe ingestion of Paraquat can rapidly cause death from respiratory failure due to a form of proliferative alveolitis, or inflammation of the air spaces in the lungs. This impairs oxygen transport to the blood and may lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

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Phony Paraquat Kits

During the 1978 Mexican marijuana paraquat scare, and while still a private citizen working for the state of Mississippi marijuana farm, this same Carlton Turner called High Times magazine to advertise a paraquat tester. Unknown to Turner, High Times was not accepting ads for any paraquat testers because all evidence showed the testers didn't work.

Turner apparently never thought High Times was ethical enough to check the contraption out. He assumed they would just take the ad money and run print the ad and make Turner rich.

He didn't care if some kid died or was bilked out of money believing in his bogus paraquat test kit.

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Turner even said that he doesn't even care if hundreds of kids die from smoking pot the federal government has deliberately sprayed with paraquat.

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I worked for a landscape company that used paraquat, the year was about 1985. I remember that the tank that was used to hold this stuff (in mixed form) was on the lot. I didn't know what was in it but I put my head and had a whiff. Someone came running up and said 'what are you doing!!???" if I hadn't cleaned the tank out you would be dead, there was paraquat in there half hour ago!!!

I started to get scared at the thought that death could have had me at the moment. Paraquat is bad stuff.

But good to kill weeds!!!

I once smoked some weed that rumoured to have had paraquat sprayed on it, it made me sick as a dog.

The mind is like a parachute, it only functions when it is open.
I've heard of so many medical uses for marijuana, maybe that's why the AMA is so against it eh? Profits instead of healthy people? (This is where the world will either care for it's people - SUSTAINABLE or the profits of scoundrels - UNSUSTAINABLE, hopefully the world will evolve to sustainability! Amen)

Marijuana also makes people question the robotic mind control mentality of todays "society," so maybe the thought police (mind control brainwashers) simply don't want people questioning eh?

Booze is sooo much more harmful, but whatever, it's legal so I'll drink to that...

Great topic DdC, lotsa knowledge yer givin'! Yea!

Health and happiness to all, Teo Wink

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