Conservative Drug Warriors

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Predictably, conservatives are upset over the Obama administration’s decision to drop its legal battle to keep age restrictions on a type of morning-after birth control pill. Full on-the-shelf availability for Plan B One-Step–for girls of any age–may soon become a reality. But where is the conservative outrage over the rationing and criminalization of over-the-counter allergy-relief products like Sudafed because they contain pseudoephedrine. This is due to the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act, title VII of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, enacted by conservative Republicans. But as I make clear in my book The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom, because the drug war is unconstitutional, conservatives who claim to revere the Constitution should be ardently opposed to the drug war on the federal level just as much as libertarians. But of course, claiming to revere the Constitution and following it are two different things.

I say abolish the DEA and the FDA and let all drugs be available and legal. Stores should decide what drugs to sell and to what age. Parents should decide. Anyone should decide but the government.

4:32 pm on June 11, 2013