Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Medicine "suspects" not charged with meth

A minor detail has emerged about the 9 unrelated allergy sufferers in upstate New York who were charged with buying too much over-the-counter medicine.

I suspected this was so, but this tidbit reinforces my belief that they're all innocent of any real crime. The U.S. Attorney's office that's charging them admits that none of the 9 are accused of using the allergy drugs to make meth or run an illegal lab.

The only thing they're charged with is buying too much allergy medicine - which wasn't illegal until the Patriot Act reauthorization of 2006.

You call that a drug bust?

Despite the flimsy charge, each "suspect" still faces up to a year in prison and fines of $1,000 to $100,000 each.

The failed War on Drugs is about to make statistics out of 9 unfortunate people who may be guilty of nothing more than bad seasonal allergies. The drug warriors are always eager to make statistics out of the innocent.