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Bill would help fight U.P. meth problem

October 30, 2013

Legislation introduced in the state House last week would give authorities another weapon in the fight against a growing problem in the U.P. — the manufacture of methamphetamine....

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Oct-31-13 4:41 PM

I'll say EStacey is most likely correct in his supposition it won't make a significant difference.

I'll also say that depending on cost doing something is better than doing nothing. This kind of project certainly could become cost prohibitive concerning the scope it would have to have versus the most likely benefit we will actually realize.

It would be far simpler to increase sentencing requirements and bring back the death penalty in cases involving drugs with perpetrators that have a propensity for violence.

So, my plan (will never happen so don't get our undies in knot). Bring back capital punishment. Any drug conviction manufacturing, selling, or using by a person with a past violent crime (felony or misdemeanor) would open up a captial punishment case. Sentencing would not be limited to death however. Minimum sentencing would be 50 years.

Either that or the state can buy an island on Lake Superior and we can just dump the convicted on it for a life sentence.

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Oct-31-13 3:03 PM

I would do exactly what they are trying to do. You are already "logged" by each pharmacy when you buy pseudophedrine. What this does is tie it to these drug houses where everyone in the house is buying pseudophedrine. Lots of "cookers" who run these drug houses have several people in them. With this new proposal, it allows ALL of the contributors to be nailed. If someone is convicted of making meth, why would they ever need to buy pseudophedrine ever again except to make meth? It' not trying to chain you up in a police state. Read the article and think first. In my line of work, I see too many junkies that get off of the hook because this law isn't in effect. It's a small start. Think about some of the good first before the bad.

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Oct-31-13 1:42 PM

That question right back at you, "Teamrerod"... What would "YOU" do? The point here is that now a database of 'criminals' charged with Meth Offenses has to be built and maintained by 'someone' (bigger government) checked by Doctors 'before' prescribing the drugs.. (mandated Government control) - checked by Druggists before dispensing (They already check for prescriptions, but what if the Doctor flubbed up? Or, GASP was just tossing out paper (scripts) for money?.. Like I said, Unless EVERY State in the US followed the law set-fort in Michigan.. the supplies would simply come in from Canada, Mexico, or another State..

BY the way, right now you can buy these items over the counter, some are behind the druggist gate and they 'look you over before giving it'..

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Oct-31-13 11:41 AM

concernedresident. Since you are obviously against any type of legal changes to help the drug problem, what would YOU do to help out the situation.

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Oct-30-13 1:29 PM

So, people who just KNOW it could be used in meth production can be prosecuted? This is just crazy. Should we not be allowed to buy kitchenware knowing we could stab and kill someone with it? And how exactly will they determine our knowledge? Use to people from "Inception" to go in our minds and find out what we know? And yes people buy this stuff locally, what difference does it make to go to a Walgreens and Menards somewhere else?

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Oct-30-13 12:42 PM

Anything would "HELP" fight the U.P. meth problem.. but c'mon! Unless every State in the United States, and Canada, Mexico, and, well.. the "Underground Sources" for the materials all FOLLOWED the new law (Laugh, laugh).. the problem would continue as it does now..

Does this article actually mean to imply that someone trying to set-up and Untraceable Meth Lab would BUY their materials locally? Lord knows how they get it now.. but making it harder to get might mean they would PREY on those who obtained those materials LEGALLY...

In other words.. trying to close the door on one avenue of crime simply opens another!

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