In West Virginia news:
On a 16-16 tie vote, the state Senate rejected a bill Thursday that would require a doctor’s prescription to purchase cold medicine containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine.
The close vote came as 50 uniformed police officers in favor of the bill watched from the galleries above the Senate floor.
Supporters say making pseudoephedrine more difficult to acquire will reduce the number of meth labs in West Virginia. Police have called the practice of making meth a “scourge” on the state.
But senators who opposed the bill say they’ve heard from hundreds of constituents who are concerned about having to see a doctor to get cold medicine, which is now available over the counter.
Sen. David Nohe, R-Wood, himself a former police officer, argued passionately against the bill, saying U.S. veterans fought for such freedoms.
“‘You gave four years of your life and what do you think of this bill?’ Because of these hoodlums, they’re hoodlums; we want to give up our rights for them. We think we’re doing right,” Nohe said.
Nohe added residents in his area have let him know without a doubt they don’t favor the plan. “If they’re not smart enough to make that decision then how are we smart enough to make it for them,” he said.
I think it is ridiculous to require a prescription for these meds, and the existing law requiring you to show id seems to me to have proven to be enough of an inconvenience without doing anything to stop meth production. Having said that, is there a worse argument out there for opposing this law than “THINK OF THE TROOPS?” We send people to war for a lot of reasons, and I am sure you can think of quite a few of them. None of them, however, have been to secure your right to get sinus meds without a doctor’s prescription.
That’s just an embarrassingly stupid argument.