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Tuesday, 27 May 1969

Senator SCOTT - On 14th May 1969, Senator Marriott asked me to prepare a statement for the Senate setting out the dates, places and the kinds of drugs seized by Australian customs officers in the past 4 years. I have had a detailed statement prepared for the information of honourable senators and, with the concurrence of honourable senators, I incorporate the statement in Hansard.

The following tables detail all seizures of narcotic drugs by Customs officers for the years 1965-1968 and from 1 January 1969 to current date. All quatities are expressed grams (g) or millilitres (ml): 28g= 1 oz 450g = 1 lb

Raw opium is the crude extract of the poppy.

Prepared opium is opium prepared for smoking by purification of the crude extracts.

Liquid opium and opium cocktail are mixtures which contain varying proportions of opium.

Opium dross or opium ash are residues from the smoking of opium.

Cannabis and Marihuana are synonyms applied to the material which is the flowering fruiting lops of the female plant, Cannabis Sativa L.

Hashish is the resin extracted from these flowering tops.

Reefers are cigarettes made from cannabis or marihuana.

Morphine is the principal alkaloid contained in opium and is isolated from opium by extraction processes.

Heroin (diacetyl morphine) is a narcotic prepared by the treatment of morphine with acetic anhydride.







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