Thursday, February 9, 2006

Standing up to Nanny

Canada's independent grocers, with the support of the B.C. government and the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, are resisting the recent ruling of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) to ban cold and allergy medicine from grocery shelves because the medicines contain ingredients that might be used to produce crystal meth.


Canada's independent grocers say a national pharmacy body's move to ban cold and allergy medicine from grocery shelves is meant to remove a competitor, not prevent the production of the street drug methamphetamine.

"We believe this decision's being made by a pharmacy body to benefit pharmacies," said Gary Sands, vice president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.

[..] Sands, who sits on a crystal meth working group, said on-the-shelf-products aren't a problem in the manufacture of the drug.

"They would basically have to be backing a truck up to a grocery store and loading this stuff in," he argued.

He questioned why the pharmacy body wouldn't recommend the medicine come off all shelves, grocery and pharmacy, and be placed behind counters.

"It appears to us to be a commercially driven decision and one that's going to put the public at some inconvenience," he said.

The B.C. government and the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia have decided to reject the NAPRA recommendation.

[..] Sands said some provinces take NAPRA recommendations very seriously, almost rubber stamping without examining the reasons.
Dalton's Ontario of course plans to comply with the demand, effective April 10th. The Red Province never misses an opportunity to impose sanctions favourable to the regime. More fanciful infractions result in more revenue for the gang in power.

One of the major arguments ... for the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s was that the imbibing of alcohol increased the likelihood of (unspecified) people committing various crimes; therefore, prohibition was held to be a “defensive” act in defense of person and property. In fact, of course, it was brutally invasive of the rights of person and property, of the right to buy, sell, and use alcoholic beverages. In the same way, it could be held that (a) the failure to ingest vitamins makes people more irritable, that (b) the failure is therefore likely to increase crime, and that therefore (c) everyone should be forced to take the proper amount of vitamins daily. Once we bring in “threats” to person and property that are vague and future—i.e., are not overt and immediate then all manner of tyranny becomes excusable.

Murray Rothbard - "The Ethics of Liberty", chapter 12


Robert McClelland said...

This type of thing is being done all across Canada and the United States. Do you really think it's just some North America wide government nanny state conspiracy or do you think that perhaps it's more likely that you know fuckall about how cold medicines are easily turned into crystal meth?

Lisa said...

Is it perhaps more likely that you presume to 'know' what is in the best interests of your fellow citizens?

Pietr said...

Don't forget to take into account how strongly Robert feels about this, using words(?)like 'fuckall'.
That is supposed to be devastating,an expression to end all argument.

He'll be telling us next that Peace comes from the barrel of a gun.

Jay said...

"This type of thing is being all across Canada and the United States"

As Your Mother probably used to ask: "if your friends jumped off a bridge would you do it too?"

bonnie abzug said...

As My Mother used to say, "Bonnie. No-one likes a smart aleck!"

bonnie abzug said...

She also used to say, "Bonnie. Don't you be hanging around those mealy-mouthed little bastards no more, or I'll tell your Pa."

I loved that woman but she didn't know fuckall. Or maybe she did.

Robert McClelland said...

I'm sure the crystal meth dealers are all thanking you for protecting them from the intrusions of the nanny state government. Now why don't you get cracking on the restrictions imposed on the sale of fertilizers so that terrorists can make bombs without the fear of the nanny state intruding on their business.

basil said...

Had they not removed morphine analgesic from cough syrup, we would not have these - or any other - problems. Why would anyone want to stay up grinding his teeth for days on end when beautiful sleep awaits?

Lisa said...

Robert - should we regulate the sale of gasoline because someone might purchase some to make a molotov cocktail?

Scott said...

We should regulate the sale of pens because people can draw cartoons that hurt others.