Toronto NRI go to jail for possessing "DODE"?
Brampton, Dec. 26, 2008
Raj and Gary Singh/LA
By J. Gill, Windsor
Few months ago, Canadian Morality Bureau officers
raided Ashwani Bhangal's store-Nath Meat
and Chicken Deli on Sandalwood Parkway and seized more than $10,000
worth of opium pods along with 38.4 kg of dode. He was charged with
three counts of drug trafficking and one count of drug possession
for the purpose of trafficking.
The police has sent dode to Health Canada for analysis
to determine the level of opiate in the powder.
Canada Law says if any poppies that do not produce
opium are legal in Canada, but all parts of the opium poppy are
prohibited including the husk. Opium is typically made from resin
scraped off immature seed pods.
- Health Canada (Canada's equivalent of the FDA), has said:
- The drug is clearly illegal, it is still being sold openly
in flea markets, smaller grocery stores and meat shops.
- Any substance containing opium poppy is illegal.
- Regardless of the results of the dode testing, Patterson said
police allege pure opium was being sold from the store.
Facchini has studied opium poppy for more than 16
years. He said most Canadians who grow opium poppies, which differ
from oriental poppies, don't know they are illegal.
Keep in mind, most of the NRIs know that it is commonly
used in India and it is illegal there. Health Canada about the latest
legal status of doda, it didn't get a reply until days after the
publication of this story. Health Canada replied to say doda is
considered a derivative of the opium poppy and, as such, is prohibited
under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).
According to our survey in Brampton, Ontario, where
majority of the NRIs in truck driving profession and owners of trucking
industry, near about 40-50% use dode. Most of the NRIs who buy dodes
are employed and have young families. Dode is said to help them
If it is taken in large quantities, breathing problems
that can be fatal. Dode is highly addictive and gives users a brief
high followed by a sense of calmness. Symptoms include mood swings,
constipation, impotence and body aches. Certain changes occur at
the level of cell receptors in the brain. Any attempt to reduce
the dose or an effort to stop the drug gives rise to severe withdrawal
symptoms which at times are life threatening.
NRI doctor in Malton, near airport said he has 10-15
male NRI patients coming in with serious addictive symptoms after
lengthy use of "dode". According to local news paper,
Dr. Kuldip Kular, the MPP for Brampton-Gore-Malton-Springdale and
a physician, said community members have asked him several times
to push for a ban on dode. NRI Surinder Singh said, he had heard
a discussion on radio show several times, with callers confessing
to using dode because it makes them feel good and lets them work
The drug can sell for as little as one dollar per
gram and is taken with tea.
Expert says the dode do not have enough opiate powder
to lay a charge. Most of the sellers are under the impression that
it was legal to sell. There is a perception amongst politicians
and police that the powder must contain a certain level of opiates,
evidenced by lab analysis, to make it illegal. Who knows NRI Ashwani
Bhangal will go jail or not?