SB 0608 Restricts certain sales of precursors to methamphetamine
LR Number:2186S.01I Fiscal Note:2186-01
Committee:Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action:03/28/01 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Journal page:
Committee (2186S.09C)
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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SCS/SB 608 - This act regulates the sale of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropan-olamine, precursors to methamphetamine manufacture.

The act requires that any manufacturers and wholesalers who, in compliance with federal law, report suspicious transactions to the U.S. Attorney General shall also submit a copy of the report to the local chief law enforcement official with jurisdiction. A "suspicious transaction" has the same meaning as in the U.S. Code. A violation is a Class D felony.

The act also prohibits possession of more than 5 grams of ephedrine or more than 12 grams of pseuodephedrine, with certain exceptions, such as pharmacists and physicians. A violation is a Class D felony for the first offense, and a Class C felony for subsequent offenses. Sale of any of the precursor substances, with knowledge that the purchaser will use it to manufacture methamphetamine, or with reckless disregard how it will be used, is a Class D felony for the first offense, and a Class C felony for subsequent offenses.

The act also prohibits retail distributors from selling, or any person from purchasing, more than 9 grams of the substances in various listed packaging in a single transaction, with certain exceptions. A violation is a Class A misdemeanor.

Similar provisions of this act are contained in SS/SCS/SBs 89 & 37.