posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 07:22 AM
I agree that adding an irrelavent rider to the already awful Patriot Act was downright sneaky and an insult to the intelligence of the average
However, sometimes I wonder why the lawmakers are so narrow minded. I mean, I don't know a whole lot about methamphetamine, except that it is some
sort of "speed", and the apparent "problem" and danger of the home-labs is due to hazardous, explosive, etc... chemicals being left out to
endanger others and the environment. That must be a given.
But, I haven't seen anyone on any drug that has acted in worse ways than a person can on alcohol.
Back in the 20's, they had prohibition. That caused a whole bunch of people to make "moonshine". From what I've heard, many of them were using
wooden barrels during some part of the process, and unbeknownst to them at the time, the mixing of ethyl alcohol with wood changes it into the deadly
methyl alcohol. Or "Methanol", which will cause one to go blind, if they haven't died from the poison first.
And, if they weren't trying to produce their own moonshine, they were getting arrested by smuggling alcohol in from elsewhere. Sounds much like the
situation going on today with meth.
But, when they repealled prohibition, there was no more black market for alcohol. Gangs/mafia were no longer involved. It was made (wherever it's
made) factories, I guess. Under proper, safe conditions so that what consumers were then buying legally in the liquor stores was certain to be the
Sure, alcohol is still a problem.......sort of. But only because of the fact that it is addicting to some, some become very loud, violent,
irresponsible, drive drunk, etc.... But the main concerns of prohibition are gone, and the same would be of the current meth concerns (or those of
any "street drug") if they were taken off the black market, produced in the proper environment by trained chemists/scientists, and sold in stores
such as liquor stores to people of age.
I don't know, sounds like too simple of a solution. The government could even tax it the way it taxes alcohol.
My 2 cents