SB 625 Modifies provisions related to methamphetamine precursor drugs
Sponsor: Sater Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 4770S.01I Fiscal Note available
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 1/23/2014 - Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page: S141
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Effective Date: August 28, 2014

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SB 625 - This act modifies provisions relating to controlled substances.

EVIDENCE OF INTENT TO COMMIT UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF PRECURSOR DRUGS - 195.246

Under current law, possession of more than 24 grams of a methamphetamine precursor drug is prima facie evidence of intent to commit the Class D felony of unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug with the intent to manufacture amphetamine or methamphetamine. This act provides that possession of more than fourteen and two-fifths grams of methamphetamine precursor drugs is prima facie evidence of intent to commit the crime.

OVER-THE-COUNTER SALES OF METHAMPHETAMINE PRECURSOR DRUGS - 195.417

Under current law, no person may sell or acquire more than nine grams of over-the-counter drug products containing ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, or pseudoephedrine as an active ingredient. This act lowers the allowable amount of drug products to no more than 7 1/5 grams.

In addition, this act provides that no pharmacist or pharmacy technician may dispense and no person may acquire more than 60 grams within a year of over-the-counter drug products containing ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, or pseudoephedrine as an active ingredient.

Under this act, any purchase of the drug products counts against the established limits even if the product is returned. Also, the act provides that the monthly and annual purchase limits include products purchased in other states that use the same electronic tracking system as Missouri.

Pharmacists have the discretion to refuse to provide, in good faith, methamphetamine precursor drugs to any person, and the pharmacy will not be subject to criminal or civil liability for exercising such discretion.

PRESCRIPTION REQUIREMENT FOR METHAMPHETAMINE PRECURSORS - 195.419

This act requires any person who has been found guilty of a felony drug crime to obtain a prescription to purchase any drug containing a detectable amount of ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, or pseudoephedrine.

MEGHAN LUECKE