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  • wattsun Oct 19, 3:07 p.m.

    Maybe if they would quit wasting time and money putting people away for marijuana they could focus more attention to the hard stuff like Meth, Heroin and Coke that actually causes problems with society.

  • wattsun Oct 19, 3:05 p.m.

    Breaking Bad!

  • Wingnut Central Oct 19, 1:43 p.m.

    I agree with the sentiment that in a free society one ought to be able to purchase and consume any substance that they choose, but in the real world meth addicts are some of the least liberated people I've ever met and the only time they ever exercised free will was the first time they used.

  • golowral Oct 19, 1:25 p.m.

    Total waste of time and money. The so-called "war on drugs" is a joke.

  • bill0 Oct 19, 1:17 p.m.

    Just to state the obvious, but drug companies are making cold meds out of raw ingredients. Even if you manage to restrict the sale of completed cold medicine, how long do you think it will take someone to figure out how to just copy the drug makers formulas?

    You might think addicts are lazy, but they are incredibly industrious when it comes to figuring out how to get their fix.

  • mindcrime Oct 19, 1:06 p.m.

    Free people in a free country should be able to consume whatever substances they want. The problem here isn't pseudoephedrine, methamphetamine, meth labs, or meth users... the problem is the State of North Carolina and the US federal government, and this ill-conceived "war on drugs." A fracking national database for purchases of psuedoephedrine?!? Reatailers mandated to participate? Are you fracking kidding me? How is any of this compatible with the notion of a free country? **sigh**

  • wisabear70 Oct 19, 12:56 p.m.

    Just one more thing we have to go to the Dr to get. Another example of a few messing it up for all of us!!!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Oct 19, 12:42 p.m.

    Why not make pseudofed a prescription drug?

    Ammonium Nitrate can not be easily purchased anymore because there are people who use it to make bombs.

    It's a worthless decongestant anyway.

  • mentalgoose Oct 19, 12:31 p.m.

    "If the law to register purchase does not stall the meth spread, Horn said lawmakers could consider making pseudoephedrine a prescription drug again for the first time since 1976."

    So, basically, those of us who aren't making meth are going to have to go to the doctor for a script every time a cold or allergy flair up hits?! Brilliant. What a country.

  • cucamelsmd15 Oct 19, 11:34 a.m.

    davidgnews, dextromethamphetamine = methamphetamine, it's not even a "cousin." There is an "R" and "S" form of the meth As you said, the R-form is used for ADHD and the S-form is also in decongestants! carrboroyouth

    Sounds like you need to do a little fact checking there...

  • godnessgracious2 Oct 19, 11:28 a.m.

    Look up "meth mouth" and you'll see why...

    This is a great reason to not use meth yourself. It is however hardly a reason to prohibit its use among free adults in a free country. Why is this enough for you to trample others rights to be free? If I want to waste my life strung out on heroin, I should be free to do so.

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Oct 19, 11:25 a.m.

    Pharmaceutical grade Methamphetamine would probably not produce the sort of pictures you were shown at the state fair. Do you think our military is above giving it too our active troops to keep them alert even when they've been up for 18-36 hours? Why do you think it's prevelent in the trucking industry? Truckers don't get paid for sleeping, they get paid for getting the loads there on time. Legitimate uses?...Just sayin.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 19, 11:16 a.m.

    "You just don't get it, do you. Don't you understand that the war on drugs is like spitting into a hurricane?" fayncmike

    Mike, you and I rarely seem to agree but I totally agree with you on this! Great comment!

  • carrboroyouth Oct 19, 11:12 a.m.

    davidgnews, dextromethamphetamine = methamphetamine, it's not even a "cousin." There is an "R" and "S" form of the meth As you said, the R-form is used for ADHD and the S-form is also in decongestants!

    I'm for those legal uses, but I don't agree with the comments saying legalize the rest of it. Look up "meth mouth" and you'll see why...

  • bill0 Oct 19, 11:00 a.m.

    "You can't just legalize stuff like Meth and sell it at a store."

    Ugh - yes you can. Just put it right next to the smokes and beer.

  • doug7 Oct 19, 10:37 a.m.

    You can't just legalize stuff like Meth and sell it at a store. Well, maybe, with national health care you could have a law that rescinds all health care rights to meth users and then produce it and give it to them freely so they will speed up the cycle...but meth, in our current societal framework is a demonic no go.

  • godnessgracious2 Oct 19, 10:09 a.m.

    Authorities said the bottles are just as toxic as a full meth lab. Because they are often used in vehicles, the bottles end up being tossed out of the window.

    This is the result of your pathetic war on drugs. End this non-sense and the bottles disappear. Meth would be made in factories legally where no boy scouts can be "affected". Are you too blinded by anti-drug hysteria to think about a better world for the rest of us?

  • davidgnews Oct 19, 9:48 a.m.

    "Horn said the state's goal should be to get rid of meth"

    How about ADHD drugs for kids, then? Some of those are loaded with dextroamphetamine, a first cousin to meth. Go figure.

  • godnessgracious2 Oct 19, 9:43 a.m.

    You cook meth- you get put to death. simple.

    How about the death penalty for a speeding ticket? Certain it would be more dangerous to the public for you to be speeding around.

  • godnessgracious2 Oct 19, 9:42 a.m.

    Legalize meth and the same folks will still be going to jail on a weekly basis for larceny, burglary, domestic abuse and parole violation. Meth just makes them easier to find.
    Wingnut Central
    October 19, 2011 8:17 a.m.
    Report abuse

    Maybe they do these other crimes because they are already branded a criminal? I have no problem charging them when they commit these crimes, but when the only person harmed is the user, you become the criminal when you try to charge them with a crime.

  • bill0 Oct 19, 9:34 a.m.

    Well, in the good ole days, people just smoked some plants to get high and didn't hurt anyone. Since we've made that illegal, people come up will all sorts of crazy and dangerous ways to get high and it is costing us billions. So, the solution is just to crack down more? Because it has been so effective so far?

  • yorky1966 Oct 19, 9:28 a.m.

    They had a very good display at the NC State Fair on the consequences of meth. The photos were unreal! I think it would be good for everyone to see it, especially young people. I just don't understand why anyone would want to do that to themselves.

  • cucamelsmd15 Oct 19, 9:25 a.m.

    "You just don't get it, do you. Don't you understand that the war on drugs is like spitting into a hurricane? No matter what laws are passed and no matter what enforcement is in place, people are going to find ways to manufacture recreational drugs because we've made it a most profitable industry. These people are the new age entrepreneurs. Just as during prohibition, people saw a need caused by stupid laws being passed and met it, people are doing the exact same thing now." -fayncmike

    Uh, I get it perfectly. The war on drugs has always been a failure, no matter how you slice it. I think you're making quite the logic leap from someone suggesting that they can mix random household chemicals and make meth without the principal ingredient, but I digress... The only thing more restrictive laws do is punish the people who follow them.

    Pseudoephedrine is meth, just like guns kill people and spoons make people fat...

  • fayncmike Oct 19, 9:07 a.m.

    ""Not much point in a database on the psuedo drug when these folks can make the stuff from common household cleaning products!" -gywnphillips

    Uh, I hate to be master of the obvious here, but you do realize that pseudoephedrine is the principal ingredient in making meth, right? You cant just magically mix up a few batteries and household chemicals and make meth without it.

    But, dont let those facts stand in the way of your "Occupy" diatribe. I guess its time to Occupy the GOLO comment section, eh?
    cucamelsmd15"

    You just don't get it, do you. Don't you understand that the war on drugs is like spitting into a hurricane? No matter what laws are passed and no matter what enforcement is in place, people are going to find ways to manufacture recreational drugs because we've made it a most profitable industry. These people are the new age entrepreneurs. Just as during prohibition, people saw a need caused by stupid laws being passed and met it, people are doing the exact same thing now.

  • cucamelsmd15 Oct 19, 8:47 a.m.

    "Not much point in a database on the psuedo drug when these folks can make the stuff from common household cleaning products!" -gywnphillips

    Uh, I hate to be master of the obvious here, but you do realize that pseudoephedrine is the principal ingredient in making meth, right? You cant just magically mix up a few batteries and household chemicals and make meth without it.

    But, dont let those facts stand in the way of your "Occupy" diatribe. I guess its time to Occupy the GOLO comment section, eh?

  • autismawareness Oct 19, 8:46 a.m.

    just make everything illegal, it all harms: guns, foods, drugs, alcohol, cars, porn, gambling, etc. what is wrong with our country? stop regulating everything!

  • sidecutter Oct 19, 8:35 a.m.

    You cook meth- you get put to death. simple.

  • Wingnut Central Oct 19, 8:17 a.m.

    Legalize meth and the same folks will still be going to jail on a weekly basis for larceny, burglary, domestic abuse and parole violation. Meth just makes them easier to find.

  • mmtlash Oct 18, 6:52 p.m.

    there's a battle going on in NC? how dramatic!

  • Screw WrAl Oct 18, 6:01 p.m.

    New tools? Bull. All they've done is make getting the meds many people really need nothing more than a large headache. Thanks Roy Bev's boy. You will never be elected to higher office because you don't understand that not everything revolves around a pill or meth.

  • Sherlock Oct 18, 5:54 p.m.

    I agree with the part to legalize it , then tax it thru the drug store sales, if the user get sick then just let them die off, no treatement unless they pay up front.

  • gywnphillips Oct 18, 5:52 p.m.

    Not much point in a database on the psuedo drug when these folks can make the stuff from common household cleaning products! All toxic products should be as illegal as the drug because they contaminate our environment as much as they poison our kids!

    Oh! Yes, that's right... Corporate Greed Rules!

  • godnessgracious2 Oct 18, 5:37 p.m.

    Just legalize it, if I want to waste my life on drugs, I should be free to do so. Its the basis of this country. Freedom, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If meth makes these people happy they should be allowed to do it. If they hurt somebody else, charge them just like anybody else who hurts somebody. If the only thing they hurt is themselves, just leave the sorry sack alone, they've punished themselves enough.

  • doovinator Oct 18, 4:53 p.m.

    not gonna work.

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