Cops should not ask other people to commit crimes. Nor, legally, can they give you permission to do so. Certainly not for a felony. Seems pretty obvious to me.
Specifically this is about pharmacists filling out prescriptions they know to be bogus so drug addicts can then be arrested for the more serious crime of drug possession. To do so would be a crime.
Now if pharmacists really wanted to fight this fight for police, I suppose they could fill the prescription with sugar pills. Maybe that wouldn't be a crime (but might violate some professional code of ethics). But then police wouldn't get their drug possession charge.
And we wonder how the war on drugs corrupts society.
And then there's this numnut, a Florida professor "with more than 30 years of teaching future pharmacists." He says, "despite the fact it's technically illegal, the pharmacist's responsibility is to comply with the request of law enforcement."
"Technically illegal"? Could somebody please explain to me the difference between "technically illegal" and "illegal"?
At least we might get a good entrapment court case out of this. Those are my fav! Hopefully somebody will say, "Goddamn setup... I'll be goddamn... pharmacist set me up!"