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September 28, 2009

Sorry Granny, “But For The Good Of Everyone, The Law Was Put Into Effect.”

by Brad Warbiany

I tells ya, sometimes ya just gotta to make an example of ‘em:

When Sally Harpold bought cold medicine for her family back in March, she never dreamed that four months later she would end up in handcuffs.

Harpold is a grandmother of triplets who bought one box of Zyrtec-D cold medicine for her husband at a Rockville pharmacy. Less than seven days later, she bought a box of Mucinex-D cold medicine for her adult daughter at a Clinton pharmacy, thereby purchasing 3.6 grams total of pseudoephedrine in a week’s time.

Those two purchases put her in violation of Indiana law 35-48-4-14.7, which restricts the sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, or PSE, products to no more than 3.0 grams within any seven-day period.

When the police came knocking at the door of Harpold’s Parke County residence on July 30, she was arrested on a Vermillion County warrant for a class-C misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine. But through a deferral program offered by Vermillion County Prosecutor Nina Alexander, the charge could be wiped from Harpold’s record by mid-September.

You know the only thing worse than a police force given the discretion to determine whether or not a lawbreaker is a real threat to society and should be arrested for a crime — a situation which can lead to unintended consequences of racist enforcement, letting cronies off the hook, etc? A police force which enforces horrible, no-good, very bad laws evenly.

H/T: Reason

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5 Comments

  1. I really hate our nanny state. I really really do.

    Comment by red — September 28, 2009 @ 11:08 am
  2. However, enforcing very bad laws evenly can also shine a spotlight on those laws (as in this case) and maybe result in their improvement or repeal. At least, we can hope so. Usually laws like this are initially past by legislators in an election year tripping over one another in their race to one-up each other on how “tough on crime” they can be.

    Comment by SC — September 28, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
  3. Wow, what a disparity in these laws. Here in Florida, last time I checked I could buy 3.6 grams per day.

    Comment by John222 — September 28, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
  4. Cold medicine is illegal in the United States of America!

    Comment by tfr — September 30, 2009 @ 8:18 am
  5. The worst part about this is that somebody actually monitors how much of what you buy at multiple stores in a particular period.

    Comment by Keef — October 1, 2009 @ 12:32 am

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