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If imposing controls on Sudafed is good policy, why can’t this be done through normal lawmaking processes?
Revised Patriot Act targets allergy, cold meds
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.
I’ve given myself a limit on how many times a year I’m allowed to quote the passage from A Man for All Seasons about how if you tore down the structures and protections of the law to get at the Devil, and the Devil then turned on you, you’d find yourself facing him on bare ground, with nothing to protect you and nowhere to hide.
This is hardly the first time we’ve seen provisions supposedly intended to fight terrorism used for other purposes entirely. I’m certain it’s not the last.