Grandma Gone Wild

Buying cold medicine. A great example of government overreacting.

Via the Terra Haute News:

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.

She was arrested! Class-C misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.

I’m all for stopping the production of meth – but 2 boxes of cold medicine does not make a meth lab.

But it gets better (emphasis mine).

Harpold, who is employed at the Rockville Correctional Facility for women, feels her reputation has been damaged by the arrest, and that she has been wrongly labeled as someone who makes meth.

Her police mug shot ran on the front page of her local newspaper, she wrote, in a letter to the Tribune-Star, “with an article entitled, ‘17 Arrested in Drug Sweep.’”

Can you imagine this happening to you? I have to wonder how many actual drug transactions occurred during the time the police spent on Sally?


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