If alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are legal, this queer sex drug should be up for consideration, too

published on March 5, 2020 by Shree Paradkar in The Star

If alcohol is legal, tobacco is legal and cannabis is too, another substance scientists say is far less harmful and far more useful should be up for consideration as well.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) are calling on the federal government to legalize a queer sex drug commonly called “poppers.”

Poppers, the non-scientific name for products with alkyl nitrites, are commonly used by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, usually to enhance their sexual experience.

Poppers were never formally legal. Nor were they illegal. Since the 1970s, they were marketed in liquid form as leather cleaners, fresheners or polish removers. However, instead of regulating the market, Health Canada under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives cracked down on it in 2013. It made sales of poppers punishable by up to three years in jail and fines of up to $5,000…

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