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December 23, 2004

Meth Lab Explodes in Apartment Building

Another meth lab story, this one from the Seattle area: A low-income apartment building in Arlington was evacuated after a methamphetamine lab in one of the units exploded, the Seattle Times reported Wednesday. Authorities believe that much of the building may be contaminated by the chemicals.

We need to get serious about stopping illegal meth labs, but trying to search them out and close them down that way doesn't qualify -- all that does is move the problem from place to place. In another recent story about highway interdiction (that I may comment on in a future post), it was even noted that meth labs often are located inside vehicles. Restricting sales of Sudafed won't do it either, as WBRZ News 2 "The Advocate" in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reported on in Mississippi.

The only way to get serious about closing down illegal meth labs is to put them out of business by replacing them with legal, regulated producers. Let's do this already -- we just can't have explosions, especially explosions involving dangerous chemicals. We can regulate legalization, but we can't regulate or control the large number of illegal, underground laboratories that move from place to place.

Seattle Times letter to the editor info is online here at the bottom right of the page. The Advocate News accepts letters to the editor too.

Posted by dborden725 at December 23, 2004 01:31 PM

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My sister-in-law is a criminal attorney currently representing a client facing charges of distributing methamphetamine. This young man faces life in prison in the eastern federal district in Oklahoma, a place with a reputation for stilted justice. Having served as chief counsel for the state bureau of investigation for twenty years, and having sent many people to jail, even she is surprised by the harshness of the penalty, and has experienced an extreme change of heart. "Bootleggers didn't get life in prison," she said. "We must stop the warehousing of human beings."

I had the privilege of serving subpoenas for his preliminary proceeding and was amazed at how good hearted his friends and family are. They are so much better than the warlike, tribal, neanderthal system of justice which persecutes them. We are all deeply moved by his predicament, and the way attaching names and faces changes the picture dramatically. What it takes to change the law I can't say, but if the world could see what we have seen, all drugs would be legal.

Posted by: Scott Roloff at December 23, 2004 09:57 PM

You will not defeat the Drug War until you deal with the reason for the chronic non-medically approved use of drugs.

It is not just the under treatment of pain that is a problem.

It is the under treatment of PTSD.

PTSD is the key to breaking the drug war. Abused children "abuse" drugs in an effort to gain relief from PTSD. i.e. drug use is rational. Chronic use of alcohol is rational. etc.

Once you let te Feds get away with the idea that there is such a thing as alcoholism or drug "addiction" you have lost the battle.

Addiction or Self Medication?


PTSD Pot Alcohol & Substance Abuse

The Problem with Drug Addicts

Capitalism, Pain and the War on Drugs

Fear of Marijuana

Cannabinoids - the Key to many Pains?

Big Mac - heroin attack

Genetic Discrimination

M. Simon


Posted by: M. Simon at December 25, 2004 04:05 PM

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