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    Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

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    Ultimately, it was the box of Mucinex-D that Sally Harpold purchased for her daughter in March 2009 at a Clinton, Indiana, drugstore that got her thrown in jail. Because it came on the heels of a purchase of a box of Zyrtec-D cold medicine that she had already dared to pick up for her husband earlier that week, Harpold, a grandmother of triplets, was awoken by police officers banging on the front door of her home on July 30 (four months after the purchases) and taken in handcuffs to the Clinton Police Department. She was questioned about her cold medicine purchases, and then sent to jail until her husband posted $300 bail. Later, her police mug shot appeared on the front page of her local newspaper in an article entitled, "17 Arrested in Drug Sweep."

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    Indiana police arrested Harpold because her two purchases meant that she was technically in violation of a statute that restricts the sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products to no more than 3.0 grams within any seven-day period. The statute is intended to help fight the problem of methamphetamine production in the area, as pseudoephedrine can be used to manufacture "meth." As Vermillion County Prosecutor Nina Alexander notes, however, the law does not require that the purchase must be made with the intent to make meth. Alexander told the local press that the public has the responsibility to know what is legal and what is not, and ignorance of the law is no excuse. "Im simply enforcing the law as it was written, Alexander said.
    While this is obviously absurd, it's part of a growing trend of criminalization of things that don't require intent. It's a serious problem.
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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Oh, FFS !

    This is insane. The lack of any kind of useful cold medicines anymore already pisses me off. They don't work for nothing anymore ('cept for Nyquil, that still works ... )

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Wow. Now that's just stupid!
    It's time for a revolution in our country. Not a revolution forged with guns and bombs but a revolution forged of compassion and altruism. A revolution that extends a hand to those who don't have and who cannot. A revolution that makes Health Care available to all those in the US.

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Ignorance is stupidity. Law is not morality.
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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
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    While this is obviously absurd, it's part of a growing trend of criminalization of things that don't require intent. It's a serious problem.
    I sure hope this woman is paying a visit to the ACLU. Additionally, which ever official it was that authorized this woman's arrest needs to be fired.

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Brought to you by the brilliantly conceived and fabulously executed war on drugs! But Brutus is an honorable man.
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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    What happens when we break the law?
    What happens when the rules aren't fair?

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    There just "ain't no mo " common sense in this country.
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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by Don't Tase Me Bro View Post
    I sure hope this woman is paying a visit to the ACLU. Additionally, which ever official it was that authorized this woman's arrest needs to be fired.
    No the ACLU only defends the guilty LOL !!
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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    WOW !! And all of this time I thought that musilex was a cereal !! So it's against the law to buy too much cereal.
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