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The Joy of the Nanny State - part 36,097
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, April 07, 2007

Oh boy:
First, the state said you must make a special trip to the pharmacy counter to buy certain cold medicines. That was to curb production of methamphetamine.

Now, a St. Louis legislator wants you to do the same thing to buy an even more common household item — baking soda — because it's used to make crack cocaine.


The sponsor of the baking soda bill, Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, D-St. Louis, said the same approach was needed for baking soda because crack cocaine is often produced by dissolving powdered cocaine in a mixture of water and baking soda.

"We have crack cocaine running rampant in our neighborhoods," he said. "Don't get me wrong, meth needs to be tackled. But anything that calls attention and brings the crack cocaine problem to the forefront is a positive step."
Yeah, except:
Baking soda could also be replaced in making crack cocaine with drain cleaner or ammonia, others say.

"With these drugs, there are so many different chemicals that can be used — batteries, coffee filters, anything," said Ron Leone, executive director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. "It's like MacGyver. Everything's possible."
Aw heck, put 'em all behind the counter and make people sign for them. Then we can do a no-knock on Granny when she buys too much baking soda for her annual Christmas baking jag.

Phenomenal. No, what's phenomenal is people like this yoyo are able to win elected office and and inflict their inability to think beyond the tip of their nose on other people. As Bugs Bunny would say: "What a maroon".

HT: Villainous Company
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Ooooh! I know! Because of the crack cocaine epidemic, let’s jack up penalties on it, to deter further use, but leave regular cocaine penalties lower, so that we can show that we really care about black communities more than whites!!

Oh wait . . .

[many forget that Charlie Rangel and other members of the CBC supported the sentencing guideline disparities between crack and cocaine use]
Written By: Sean
Yeah lets make it harder to buy baking soda, because that will deter all the people who already buy illegal cocaine.

Early one mornin’ while making the rounds...
Written By: ChrisB
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If we were to ban everything that might be used as, or part of an intoxicant, the stores shelves will be empty. People wanting to get high will find a way. We cannot even keep drugs out of prisons. The War on Drugs was lost as soon as it was declared. In that war we are in the position of Japan during World War Two, around 1944. All we have left to fight with are the Kamikazes of insane regulation.
Written By: James E. Fish
People wanting to get high will find a way.
I recall my dad observing crew on his ship drinking Aqua Velva.

Heavens, if they’re putting baking soda behind the counter, can it be long before they’ve moved baking powder back there too!
Goodness me! We’re going to have to move the baking cabinet contents over the fridge where we keep the booze.
Written By: looker
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Didn’t that article mention water is used in the production of crack cocaine? I wish my representatives would show some concern for the well-being of my children and restrict the usage of water.
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