March 10, 2011
March 2, 2011(Key vote)
Title: Prescriptions for Methamphetamine Chemical Precursors
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that restricts the amount of prescriptions containing active ingredients used to produce methamphetamines one can knowingly purchase, receive, or possess.
Defines the active ingredients in methamphetamines as ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine (Sec. 4).
Establishes that an individual may not knowingly possess, purchase, or receive more than the amount found in a single prescription of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine unless (Sec. 3):
The person can provide an order from a person authorized to prescribe controlled substances explaining why the multiple prescriptions are medically necessary.
Specifies the following, but not limited, as an affirmative defense (Sec. 4):
Obtained the drug(s) containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine lawfully;
Possessed no more than 9 grams of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine in any form; and
Possessed the drug(s) under circumstance that are consistent with typical medicinal or household use, as indicated by factors including but not limited to: storage location, purchase date, or possession of the product in a variety of strengths, brands, types, purposes or expiration dates.
Establishes that any individual in violation of the previously listed defenses can be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be confined in a jail for not more than one year, fined not more than $1,000, or both (Sec. 4).