And in other ways to waste tax dollars, Missouri considers a law to make baking soda a controlled substance and have everyone register who wants to buy it. Don’t worry — this law looks like it’s going nowhere soon, but the story is one which is worth noting as a troubling trend in law enforcement. As Radley Balko at Reason Magazine says, “you’re treating the vast majority of people who use a legal product legally like children, simply because a few people use it illegally.” From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Sales of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed, are strictly regulated in Missouri. Customers must show a photo ID when they buy the medicine. Pharmacists must log the names and addresses of buyers, including how much they buy. People under 18 may not buy the medicines.
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.
So all you people out there who buy baking soda and use it to clean house or brush your teeth or do volcano science experiments in the 7th grade — your name could be kept in a big data base by the government and you would have to explain your cause for buying baking soda to the 16-year-old cashier at your local chain pharmacy or grocery store.
This sounds like quite a plan for cracking down on drug use.
Thanks again to Bullnotbull.com for the link.