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Restricting the sale of baking soda?

Posted By Nicole On April 12, 2007 @ 11:29 am In Food News | 12 Comments

hazardous substanceA St. Louis lawmaker wants to make baking soda harder to get and has suggested that it be moved behind the counter in stores and pharmacies, where the shopkeepers/pharmacists can oversee who buys it and how much they’re buying. The reason for the proposed legislation is not to restrict the number of cookies that can be baked, but because baking soda is (apparently) “a base ingredient in crack cocaine.”

The law is modeled after others that require some normally over-the-counter cold medicines to be kept behind the counter because they contain ingredients used to make methamphetamines. Laws regarding these medicines “requires customers to show a photo I-D and sign a book specifying their name, address and how much they purchased.”

Can you imagine doing so for baking soda? It seems unlikely that such a law would pass. After all, there surely must be more hazardous substances (or equally hazardous – ammonia can be used to make methamphetamines, as well) than baking soda.


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