Report of the Committee on Post Office Regulations for the Mailing of Poisons

1915 The Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association (1912)  
The appointment of this committee is due to a decision reiidered in the United States District Court for the District of Missouri to the effect that the Post Ofice regulation prohibiting the mailing of poisons or poisonous medicines to others than licensed physicians, surgeons and pharmacists was illegal in that it restricted postal privileges to particular classes of individuals. T h e present postal law, which was passed March 4, 1909, deals with the subject of poisons, inflammable materials,
more » ... lammable materials, dangerous articles, intosicating liquors, etc., in Section 472, as follows:-All kinds of poisons, and all articles and compositions containing poison, and all poisonous animals, insects, and reptiles, and explosives of all kinds, and inflammable materials and infernal machines, and mechanical, chemical o r other devices or compositions which may ignite or explode, and a11 disease germs or scabs, and all other natural o r artificial articles, compositions or materials of whatever kind which may kill, or in anywise hurt, harm or injure another, o r damage, deface, or otherwise injure the mails or other property, whether sealed as first-class matter o r not, are hereby declared to be non-mailable mattter, and shall not be conveyed in the mails o r delivered from any post ofice, or station thereof, nor by any letter carriers; but the Postmaslter General may permit the transmission in the mails, under such rules and regulations as he shall prescribe as to preparation and packing, of any articles hereinbefore described which are not outwardly o r of their own force dangerous or injurious to life, health, or property : Provided, That all spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented, or other intoxicating liquocsi of any kind are hereby declared to be non-mailable and shall not be deposited in o r carried through the mails. IVhoever shall kno\vingly deposit o r cause to be deposited for mailing or delivery, or shall knowingly cause to be delivered by mail according to the directions thereon, or at any place at which it is directed to be delivered by the person to whom it is addressed, anything declared by this section to be non-mailable, unless in accordance with the rules and regplations hereby authorized to be prescribed by the Postmaster General, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, o r imprisoned not more than two years, or both; and whoever shall knowingly deposit o r cause to be deposited for mailing or delivery, or shall knon.ingly cause t o be delivered by mail according to the direction thereon, o r at any place to which it is directed to be delivered by the person to whom it is addressed, anything declared by this section to be non-mailable, whether transmitted in accordance with the rules and regulations authorized to be prescribed by the Postmaster General or not, with the design, intent, o r purpose to kill, o r h anywise hurt, harm, o r injure another, o r damage, deface, or otherwise injure the mails o r other property, shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars, o r imprisoned not more than ten years, or both. In elucidation of this law the following regulation was promulgated by the Postmaster General :-4 . Medicines composed in part o r wholly of poison o r poisons, and anesthetic agents, which are not outwardly o r of their own force dangerous or injurious to SECTION 472. '
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