When we one day consult the annals of legislative unintended consequences in a historical retrospect of the War on Drugs, we’ll probably laugh heartily at this nugget of wisdom from Tennessee lawmakers (via Hit & Run):
With the new year, meth offenders join sex offenders as social pariahs deserving of a permanent electronic registry in Tennessee. Just before year’s end, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) got a new, online Meth Offender Registry up and running that will enable anyone anywhere to quickly and easily look for persons convicted of methamphetamine offenses in Tennessee.
Or, as The Onion satirically predicted the direction of such a law in March 2005:
Tony’s Law would create a national public registry of drug-law offenders’ names, addresses, and pager numbers. Additionally, offenders charged with dealing marijuana would be required to either post signs or go door-to-door and let neighbors know when they’re holding.
Well, chalk one up to Tennessee lawmakers for making the jobs of drug dealers one step easier. Now all they have to do is consult the online
customer database Meth Offender Registry.