Kind of off topic, but I recall another case where the Govt. tried to get a small time Ohio drug dealer charged under federal law because he was selling drugs from his house. Their logic was that since his house was heated with natural gas and Ohio had no natural gas wells, then he was engaged in trafficking in interstate commerce. Now that was a stretch-but they tried it-and failed.
I agree whole heartedly. This is another example of gov't overreach. Most legislation, no matter how "well intended" it may be, will almost always have unintended consequences. In 2009 the federal gov't passed a law banning lead in children's toys. Who would be against this? Certainly one of the few things both parties can agree on. However a radical "safety nazi" organization used this law to ban ATV manufactures from making kid sized dirt bikes and quads due to the lead in the batteries! I rode dirt bikes as a kid. Some of my greatest childhood memories were riding dirt bikes up north during summer vacation. The only way that the lead in the batteries could do any harm is if you were to unhook the cable and suck on the terminal. Can't say I've ever heard of anyone doing that. Thankfully the law was corrected to exempt youth off road vehicles from the ban. But there were a couple of years where manufactures were losing millions of dollars due to the ban. Not to mention all the money lost by the dealerships. See why the gov't needs to be closely monitored!