War on drugs stupidity goes federal
Suffer from springtime allergies? You could be among the first affected by the USA Patriot Act poised for final congressional passage this week.
Besides terrorism, the bill takes aim at the production of methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug that cannot be manufactured without a key ingredient of everyday cold and allergy medicines. The bill would impose new limits next month for how much relief a person can buy over the counter.
And beginning Sept. 30, it’ll take a flash of ID to buy that medication.
But I thought the Patriot Act was for terrorism? I was assured it wasn’t just a law enforcement wish list. More:
Beginning 30 days after President Bush signs the law, expected sometime this week, purchase limits go into effect. One person would be limited to buying 300, 30-mg pills in a month or 120 such pills in a day. The measure would make an exception for “single-use” sales – individually packaged pseudoephedrine products.
Yup, they’re going to ban high-capacity pill bottles.