These laws are getting out of hand. We're losing our freedom to actually learn things because of the fear of drugs. First they made drugs illegal, and some can easily argue this is a good thing. Such examples of these illegal things: -cocaine -heroin and derivatives -amphetamine and derivatives -lysergic acid diethylamide -psilocybin -phencyclindine -gamma-hydroxybutyric acid -ketamine These substances are very very strongly controlled. You can only get some of these if you're a doctor or veterinarian. Then they made precursors illegal -benzene -toluene -xylene -ethylbenzene -phenethylamine -gamma-butyrolactone -ephedrine These can be found in a lot of things, but they can't be pure. Benzene and toluene are in your gasoline, but you can't buy them pure without a license. Ephedrine is a key ingredient in drugs like Contac and Sudafed; you can no longer buy ephedrine in the form of diet pills which were much more concentrated. Gamma-butyrolactone is used in making pesticides, but it's also used in making GHB; it's now illegal. Then they made everything illegal -iodine -sodium -potassium -lithium -sodamide -sodium borohydride -red phosphorus -anhydrous ammonia -sulfuric acid -phosphoric acid -ether -pyridine -chloroform -methylene chloride -carbon tetrachloride Again, you need a license to buy these just because they're used for organic chemistry. Lithium, sodium, potassium, sodamide, and sodium borohydride are illegal because they are reducing agents (remove the OH group on ephedrine). Red phosphorus is a catalyst for making meth, so it's now illegal. Anhydrous ammonia is a great source for amino groups when making meth, so it's now illegal without the proper paperwork. Sulfuric and phosphoric acid are acid catalists in many organic reactions, so they're illegal. Ether, pyridine, chloroform, methylene chloride, and carbon tetrachloride are common organic solvents used for solvent extraction of organic compounds, so they are now illegal. This is getting stupid. Why are we making every damn thing on the planet illegal? Next we'll make water illegal because it's a key ingredient in making crack cocaine. Am I the only person getting annoyed by this?