War on Drugs = War on Americans

Via Radley Balko, a woman faces a year in prison for buying a single box of Sudafed and transporting it across state lines.  Really.

Don't miss the super BS statistic quoted by the state that they have seen an 80% decline in the children endangered by meth labs.

  • DrTorch

    While I am sorely disappointed in sting operations aimed at Sudafed buyers, your sentence, "a woman faces a year in prison for buying a single box of Sudafed and transporting it across state lines." is not true. And no, not "Really."

    Seriously, this war on drugs is a problem, but don't be deceitful in how it's presented.

  • https://sites.google.com/site/helpandcounsel/home Jamessir Bensonmum

    The restrictions on the purchase of Sudafed and other related meds are absurd. More effective measures against meth would have to be done in Mexico. It's pathetic how America harasses its citizens arbitrarily because fighting "wars" against crime or drugs or terrorism are so much easier when the regular citizens are targeted instead of those who are really dangerous.

  • Bill L

    She faces a year in prison for signing a statement to the police that she was making meth!
    From the article:
    She told The Clarion-Ledger, "They told me to add that I was making crystal meth so I did."

  • rg

    Her story is way too wacky to buy. I agree with the jury verdict.

  • Mark

    I agree with the jury verdict too. I understand why the Libertarians are all in a flux over this, but a jury of her peers found her guilty. THey got to see the evidence presented over a 3 day trial first hand.

    I simply do not buy the "I added that I was making meth because they told me to do it" line either.

    ALthough I do find it hard to believe that they would let the little kids go with a person, this ladies son, who just admitted that the crack pipe in the car was his.

    We live in a very, very sick society.

  • NormD

    I am not a big fan of the Drug War but making Meth is a dangerous undertaking.

    What is the Libertarian position on people making dangerous things in their houses and putting themselves, their children and their neighbors at risk?

    In general, I don't really care if some fools wants to incinerate themselves. But what about their kids? (I hate that question, but it is valid)

    Burn Units are being overwhelmed with uninsured Meth makers. We pay for that at $6000/day.

    BTW the new method of making Meth uses much smaller amounts of Sudafed (to get around the purchase limits) but it even more dangerous. Unintended consequences and all.

  • Bob Smith

    This is all pointless anyway. Only the tiny street sellers buy pills to make meth, and they represent an insignificant portion of the market. The large Mexican meth importers buy the necessary materials in industrial quantities and make it in factories. All the crackdown on pseudoephedrine does is eliminate their competition.

  • http://sevencontinents@mindspring.com Benjamin Cole

    There are few things more lamentable than a person drinking their life away, smoking cigarettes, or taking drugs.

    The reason there are few illegal stills left, and attendant risks, is because drinking is legal. Probably over-regulated, but even so the amount of illegal brew made must be minimal.

    Make meth legal, and good quality meth at low prices will become available. No more dangerous homemade labs.

    I wish for a lot of things, that people would exercise, eat properly and not drink too much etc. But if they chose to do so.....

  • markm

    NormD:

    "I am not a big fan of the Drug War but making Meth is a dangerous undertaking.

    What is the Libertarian position on people making dangerous things in their houses and putting themselves, their children and their neighbors at risk?"

    There would be no reason for anyone to attempt to make meth themselves, but for ever-increasing attempts to regulate the use by adults of a substance that is often prescribed for children.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methamphetamine#Medicinal_uses