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  •  this is wrongheaded (none)
    Actually, it HAS been shown that reducing the accesibility to ephedrine cuts the flow of meth on the open market. Oklahoma's experience over the last decade has led the way.

    I assume non-distillable ephedrine gels, and cold remedies now being made with alternative drugs instead of ephedrine, are exempted. So I don't see much of a problem here.

    The federal government is moving towards forcing Mexico to keep tighter controls on how much ephedrine passes through the country, based on "normal" usage requirements for the population.

    But in any case, the primary threat to public safety in Oregon and elsewhere is not the use of meth, but the production of it. Without ephedrine, you can't make meth. And when you cut the sale of it in Oregon, it will be very hard to make meth in Oregon. Which is the intended result.

    I'm for it.

    •  Hey, I hate the home labs, too (none)
      But how far do you want to go in eliminating them?  Yes, limiting quantities of meth purchases to, say, three packages per customer, rather than by the caseload at a truckstop, has reduced the number of home meth labs.

      And when Oregon put the drug behind the counter and required an ID and a signature, it cut down on the home meth labs even more.

      We could probably elimnate them entirely if we would just let cops go door-to-door for unannounced house checks, too.  Or we could ban the sales of chemistry equipment and Mason jars to the general public.

      But you're letting the ends justify the means here.  As long as the criminal's home labs go away it's OK to limit law-abiding people's medical choices.  I think that's a dangerous mindset.

      It also ignores the elephant in the room: why are there so many home labs?  Because there is a demand for meth.  Eliminate the home labs and you still have that demand, which will then be filled by more powerful and dangerous criminal gangs.  Now you don't have to worry about your kid being exposed to the toxic chemicals and explosions of a meth lab, you've just got to worry about her being gunned down in the crossfire of a turf battle or seduced by the easy money of dealing.

      Tough cases make for bad law, and this law is a stinker.

      And by the way, the gel-caps aren't exempted.  Enterprising meth cooks with no ready access to the pill form have already figured out how to cook with the gels.

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