Saturday, September 10, 2005

Stupid ways to fight meth labs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of over-the-counter cold remedies used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that passed the Senate on Friday.

The measure, approved by unanimous consent, would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines only from behind the pharmacy counter.
Those medicines contain ingredients that can be extracted to manufacture the highly addictive drug that has wreaked havoc in communities across the country.

Consumers would have to show a photo ID, sign a log, and be limited to 7.5 grams - or about 250 30-milligram pills - in a 30-day period.
Computer tracking would prevent customers from exceeding the limit at other stores...
Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. This will create yet another level of bureaucracy, the cost of the recordkeeping will be passed on to the consumer and it won't do a bloody thing to stop meth. This whole scheme has already driven the production into the hands of organized crime in Mexico.

Senators and other Congress creatures, pay attention here. If you want to stop drugs, legalization is the only practical, cost-effective method.

But don't believe me, read this from a think tank guy, Doug Bandow of Cato Institute who also strongly suggests we don't treat consumers with the sniffles as criminals.

[hat tip to sharon secor]


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