Wow what a President Senator Barack Obama is going to be!
Methamphetamine production and distribution trends are undergoing significant strategic shifts, resulting in new challenges to law enforcement and public health agencies. For example, marked success in decreasing domestic methamphetamine production through law enforcement pressure and strong precursor chemical sales restrictions has enabled Mexican DTOs to rapidly expand their control over methamphetamine distribution–even in eastern states–as users and distributors who previously produced the drug have sought new, consistent sources.
I suppose the good news is that this will mean more and better paying jobs in Mexico so perhaps it will help with the illegal immigration problem. That Senator Obama…he sure is a shrewd guy.
But wait, the news gets even better!
These Mexican methamphetamine distribution groups (supported by increased methamphetamine production in Mexico) are often more difficult for local law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate, and dismantle because they typically are much more organized and experienced than local independent producers and distributors. Moreover, these Mexican criminal groups typically produce and distribute high purity ice methamphetamine that usually is smoked, potentially resulting in a more rapid onset of addiction to the drug.
So, not only do we have more meth, we have better meth as well.
How, one might ask, is this all traced back in part to Senator Obama? Right here.
Senator Obama cosponsored the Combat Meth Act, which provides more money for fighting methamphetamine (meth), tightens controls on the sale of meth ingredients, and provides assistance to the children of meth abusers. The legislation would limit access to cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the primary ingredient used to make methamphetamine. This bill passed the Senate and became law in the 109th Congress.
In other words, we have to have special permission to get cold medicines (i.e., you are treated like a potential cirminal), we have better quality meth on the streets resulting in faster addictions, and we have given over greater control to Mexican drug organizations.
It is this kind of un-thinking progressive nonsense that we can do without. Frankly I doubt Senator Obama would have the character to admit that his support for the Combat Meth Act was a bad decision. In fact, I imagine it will be one of his positive talking points during his campaign for the Democratic nomination. Hopefully Senator Obama will lose. Of course there is still the fact that Senators Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd and Joseph Biden also co-sponsored the bill.
Via Reason’s Hit & Run.