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"Because I said so" is not good enough

Prosecutor: Woman broke law, case handled correctly:

The law, of course, does not require that the State show that the purchaser intended to make meth. And, the truth of the matter, is that many of the people who violate the “purchase law” are not meth makers. Oftentimes, they are people on limited income who are simply induced to purchase the product because a $4 box of cold medicine can be resold for $30 to $50 to a meth maker. I am sure that there are a myriad of reasons why people violate the law, but a person’s reason or motive is seldom an element of a crime. Obviously, the reason that Ms. Harpold is upset and presumably the reason that your editorial criticizes my handling of the case is that there was no evidence that Ms. Harpold intended to make meth. However, the law does not require such an intent, and truthfully, the law would be completely ineffective if such an intent were required.

Cases like this question the legitimacy of such laws. They are utilitarian in nature and violate the rights of the citizens it purports to protect. The law is intended to prevent the production of a “dangerous” drug at the expense of everyone else. The effectiveness of the law is also questionable. An economics take on it would simply move production to a different location – black market goods rarely lose demand.

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