Because the times demand stinky fridges

Quote of the Week contender from Pete Guthier: “You let these idiot legislators start making one thing illegal because it’s connected to something else, and the next thing you know, everything is illegal.”

Like, for instance, sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda:

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.

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.

Logically, a dihydrogen-monoxide ban should be next. There’s already plenty of support for it.

(Via Bitter Bitch.)





5 comments

  1. McGehee »

    6 April 2007 · 10:50 am

    I say we should ban excrement from male bovines. Said ban can be achieved by passing (heh) legislation prohibiting all subsequent legislation.

  2. Jeff Shaw »

    6 April 2007 · 11:58 am

    Good luck finding a lobbyist for that one. You might look around on 11th Street in Tulsa. You can usually find 2H0s there. :)

  3. CGHill »

    6 April 2007 · 5:57 pm

    Radley Balko described this measure as not “exceptionally” stupid, which sums it up nicely, though not as well as the person who posted this anonymous comment:

    If baking is outlawed, only outlaws will be baked.

    Indeed.

  4. Scribal Terror »

    6 April 2007 · 9:53 pm

    News from the War on Cooking Ingredients

    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 i…

  5. Diane Eckert »

    7 April 2007 · 8:26 am

    Too bad they don’t outlaw stupidity.

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