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Bill introduced to combat nonexistent drug

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  1. chillinwill
    Last week Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) reintroduced a bill aimed at combating a new drug menace that, as far as anyone can tell, does not actually exist: candy-flavored meth.

    The Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act, a.k.a. "the candy-flavored meth bill," would automatically double penalties for anyone who "manufactures, creates, distributes, or possesses with intent to distribute a controlled substance that is flavored, colored, packaged or otherwise altered in a way that is designed to make it more appealing to a person under 21 years of age, or who attempts or conspires to do so." Grassley explains why this legislation is urgently needed:
    It's disturbing that drug dealers are trying to lure teens and young kids by flavoring drugs to taste like candy. This latest craze needs to be dealt with before it's too late....The legislation that Senator Feinstein and I have introduced should make drug dealers think twice about selling candy flavored drugs to our kids.
    The only problem with this explanation is that the fiendish pushers luring children into a lifetime of addiction with strawberry-flavored speed appear to be little more than figments of Grassley and Feinstein's drug-fevered imaginations. To be fair, a lot of people have imagined these monsters, but none of them has produced a real-life specimen. In a June 2007 story, "Meth Ado About Nothing?," for the drug policy site Join Together, Bob Curley reported:
    Both the DEA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy told Join Together that they have not been able to identify a single confirmed seizure of flavored meth....
    Experts say that there's a real possibility that local police are confusing colored meth—which is relatively common—with flavored meth. Tom McNamara, a meth trainer and special-projects coordinator for the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Group, told Join Together that meth made from Sudafed or some generic versions of the drug will have a light-pink color because of the dye used in the pills. Moreover, he said, meth made from anhydrous ammonia treated with GloTell—a chemical marker designed to discourage thefts—will be bright pink. The drug also can appear greenish or blue.
    "We've had that forever," said McNamara of colored meth, whereas his inquiries about flavored meth have yielded nothing.
    Also check out Curley's sidebar, in which he asks a question that apparently never occurred to Grassley, Feinstein, and other politicians plagued by candy-colored nightmares: "Does 'Flavored Meth' Even Make Sense?" If Grassley and Feinstein had simply paid a visit to Snopes.com, they could have saved their staffs the trouble of writing this stupid bill. But as the Drug War Chronicle notes, they are proceeding "as if the debunking of the myth had never occurred." The Chronicle worries that their broadly worded legislation against a phantom menace could be used to arbitrarily increase the penalties of people who make or sell drugs that are deemed to be kid-targeted because of bright colors, cartoons, or whimsical names.



    January 26, 2009
    Reason.com
    By Jacob Sullum
    http://reason.com/blog/show/131272.html

Comments

  1. gmeziscool2354
    God that bill just seems so painfully stupid. Really? Like anyone can even define marketing drugs to " those under 21"

    swim has had flavored amphetamine salts and cocaine. It's called cut. Some dealers swim knows use powdered sugar, pixie stcks, tums or poorly extracted benzocaine as a cut, and all add their own flavor to the bag. Swim really doesn't snort anymore tho
  2. JarvyJarvison
    It's about time we locked up these evil dope peddlers for good! They are the scum of society. Feeding off of our children; shame on them. Who hasn't been to a local elementary school lately and seen them peddling their warez to our sweet, adorable little children? These scumbags and their heroin lollipops, birthday candles laced with crack, nitrous party balloons, and now CANDY METH!?!?!?! BURN THEM! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

    I tell ya what, I'm sure going to pay a little bit more attention to what kind of "candy" my rosey-faced, precious, little 17 year old snicker doodle is eating. I AM OUTRAGED.
  3. doggy_hat
    Some people could possibly get busted even harder from this. I really doubt anyone's ever actually sold candy meth to little kids before, but there are drugs that aren't specifically marketed towards children that could be mistaken so. Someone selling LSD blotters, or E pills could easily be prosecuted under this bill if it were to be passed.
  4. TheFury
    When I was in high school, a common lab used for teaching about using filters to demonstrate the differences in soluble and non-soluble materials was banned in the school because a teacher overheard a student talking about using the filter paper to perform a cold water extraction on a bottle of Vicodin.

    It's very easy to imagine candy being completely banned from schools because of laws like this.

    Hell, we weren't even supposed to drink water in class because it might be alcohol...

    ...not that any of the teachers enforced the rule.
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