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February 18, 2010

Oklahoma legislature considering the creation of a meth registry

This new AP article, which is headlined "Bill calls for creation of meth registry similar to registry for convicted sex offenders," reports on a new registry idea being discussed in Oklahoma:

A House panel has passed a bill to create a registry of meth offenders similar to the state's sex offender registry.  The House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday approved the bill that would apply to anyone convicted of possession, manufacture or distribution of methamphetamine.

Anyone listed on the registry would be prohibited from purchasing or possessing pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient used to make meth.  The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs would maintain the registry... The bureau reports there has been an increase in meth lab seizures in recent years after a new recipe surfaced that requires smaller amounts of pseudoephedrine.

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What an excellent idea for meth dealers seeking an increase in referrals, official certification and database of available dealers. Strangers from out of town can now look them up, perhaps see the user ratings up to 5 stars, and read comments from prior customers.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 18, 2010 7:32:40 AM

Here is the first candidate for listing.

http://consumerist.com/2009/09/grandmother-arrested-for-buying-cold-medicine-twice-in-one-week.html

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 18, 2010 7:35:28 AM

Words fail me.

Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 18, 2010 10:12:22 AM

Once I'm on the Public Urination Registry, can I no longer walk in dark alleys?

Posted by: Praga | Feb 18, 2010 11:18:34 AM

I am in favor of more registries. The only way to eradicate the ridiculous travesty of the registries is to put everyone on a registry for something.

Posted by: Mark#1 | Feb 18, 2010 1:04:52 PM

California already requires those convicted of (most) drug offenses to register as a narcotics offender. As far as I can tell, the registration program has done basically nothing.

Posted by: arx | Feb 18, 2010 1:06:38 PM

And yet the meth registry--or even a burglary registry or an arson registry--makes far more sense than a sex offender registry. The recidivism rates of those offenses are exceptionally high (I believe burglary cracks 60%), versus the 4% of sex offenses.

As Otto von Bismarck said, laws and sausages.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Feb 18, 2010 1:24:34 PM

arx that's becasue it's not the registry itself that is the problem. it's all the little add-on's like living, working, and breathing restricitons keyed to it.

personnally i love it. think every criminal should be on one. then maybe the public would wake up to what a crock they are.

Posted by: rodsmith3510 | Feb 18, 2010 9:15:16 PM

Okies spend a lot of time blaming their problems on others - meth users, illegal immigrants, etc. - to avoid accepting responsibility for the decision that really caused most of their woes: Choosing to live in Oklahoma.

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Feb 19, 2010 8:56:38 AM

remember the children..... these registeries are only there to protect the children!!!

Posted by: anon | Feb 19, 2010 12:44:31 PM

lol tell that to the CHILDREN ON IT!

Posted by: rodsmith3510 | Feb 19, 2010 6:36:59 PM

sounds like someone was on a 4 day tweak binge when they came up with this idea

Posted by: Grant | Jun 12, 2010 12:42:10 PM

Very good post. Made me realize I was totally wrong about this issue. I figure that one learns something new everyday. Mrs Right learned her lesson! Nice, informative website by the way.

Posted by: supra shoes | Nov 11, 2010 1:51:07 AM

so now, if your a meth molester you can no longer buy what should be over the counter cold medication, but if you no longer have a drivers license because you have 20 dui's, and during on of your trips out drinking and driving, you crashed your car into another car killing the entire family and crippling the family dog, you may go right back into a liquor store and purchase your best buddy, jack daniels? makes no sense to me

Posted by: djm | Aug 28, 2011 3:13:32 PM

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