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Polar Pure [Meth]
Civil Rights – Back in the 80′s, 88-year-old conservationist Bob Wallace invented the simplistic yet effective Polar Pure: a plastic bottle which held a reservoir of crystalized iodine at the base to purify water. The gadget was hailed by all the expected types-flood victims, campers, meth cooks. The usual.
For the environmentally elite, Polar Pure was a no-brainer, and for the flood victims, the bottomless bottle of clean water just made sense. As for the meth cooks, Polar Pure was great because the iodine crystals at the bottom are a key ingredient for crystal meth. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and California regulators, the meth cooks (really underrated chemists) used the special bottles to help expedite the whole cooking process so they can get their product to their itchy clientele.
Most who purchase Polar Pure use the product practically though – to keep hydrated and avoid diarrhea while backpacking cross country. The feds, however, foresee a dark future when it comes to this handy product as they’ve declared Polar Pure to be a meth-making tool. As a result, Wallace is not allowed to buy the iodine or receive the permits necessary to continue to make his nifty bottles. So now his hopes and dreams are crushed and his business is ruined.
“Methamphetamine is an insidious drug that causes enormous collateral damage,” wrote Barbara Carreno, a DEA spokeswoman. “If Mr. Wallace is no longer in business he has perhaps become part of that collateral damage, for it was not a result of DEA regulations, but rather the selfish actions of criminal opportunists. Individuals that readily sacrifice human lives for money.”
Applying that logic, perhaps the DEA should recall these “enablers” as well: tin foil, matches, cold medicine, coffee filters, baking soda, starting fluid… you get the picture.
Read more at Gawker.