Mother Jones is all for arresting parents of young children for their drug use, and propping up the medical-industrial complex by requiring a doctor's legal permission (and concomitant fees) for being able to buy what is now, in most places in America, over-the-counter cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, which can be turned into methamphetamine at home. (Obligatory Breaking Bad reference here.)

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The story is largely in the interpretive pocket of the cops who cooperated with it, and takes it as a given that if someone is trying to make a buck off of selling cold medicine, there must be something sinister about that that a decent progressive should want stopped, toot sweet. 

The story also seems to take it as given that only sinister corporate manipulations could explain why any citizen or legislator could possibly want people to be able to freely purchase cold medicine. 

Mother Jones gets very possessive of its apparently beloved drug war a lot, defending it not only from evil Pharma but back in March from sequestration.

I blogged back in 2010 on some facts debunking the notion of an out-of-control meth epidemic demanding tough legal solutions.

Soon everyone with a cold may need to resort to this amusing Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry article that explains how chemists can turn the common, easily available substance of meth into highly desirable and rare pseudoephedrine.