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A Reno woman tried to buy some Equate 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant at a Wal-Mart in the south valley last week, her first attempt to purchase cold medicine since a new state law restricting such purchases took effect on July 1.

“I am furious. They wanted a home address. I’m between homes and housesitting so any address I gave them would be useless, much like this law.” She said she intends to contact her state legislator, David Bobzien, to complain about the law.

It’s easy to know that Bobzien voted for the law—every member of the legislature, Republican and Democrat, voted for it. That’s the celebrated choice our democratic system gives us.

For what it’s worth, there is a way of purchasing cold medicines without dealing with the Nevada law. The next time you’re in Portola, Truckee, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe—stock up. California has no such law.

However, California’s U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for a Nevada-style federal law that would impose restrictions on over-the-counter medicines on all states.