“In past years we have worked with law enforcement officers, district attorneys and drug enforcement agents to give them the laws necessary to combat this deadly substance,” Barron said. “We continue to work to protect our communities from this horrible drug, and today we have some of the toughest legislation to date ready for passage.”
“This deadly, toxic drug is destroying lives and homes all across our country,” Barron said. “While we have worked to pass this legislation, the states bordering Alabama have passed similar laws. We must enact this legislation so that we may work together with the bordering states to protect our communities by limiting access to this key ingredient.”
Sen. Gary Tanner, D-Theodore, has introduced legislation to make it illegal to possess a single precursor ingredient with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. That bill (SB116) also awaits final passage in the House.
IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF
REGULAR SESSION 2005
HOUSE CALENDAR NO. 28
THIRTIETH LEGISLATIVE DAY
SB116 Relating to the unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, to amend Section 13A-12-217, Code of Alabama 1975, to clarify that it is unlawful to possess a single precursor substance, as well as multiple precursor substances, with intent to unlawfully manufacture a controlled substance.
Number of amendments: 0
Senate Bill 116 as passed the Senate clarifies that the possession of a single precursor substance is a Class B felony. This bill could increase receipts to the State General Fund and increase the obligations of the Department of Corrections and Pardons and Paroles Board by an undetermined amount dependent on the number of persons convicted for the possession of a single precursor substance.
SB108 To amend Section 20-2-190, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended by Act 2004-564, to further regulate sales of certain products containing pseudoephedrine.
Number of amendments: 0
Senate Bill 108 as substituted and amended by the Committee on State Government provides restrictions on the sale and storage of products containing ephedrine and provides penalties for violations of these provisions.
This bill would require the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to register beginning in FY 2006 (1) wholesalers, manufacturers and repackagers of drug products not licensed by the Board of Pharmacy and (2) certain retailers of ephedrine or pseudophedrine or products containing these chemicals not licensed by the Board of Pharmacy. This bill will increase the obligations of the ABC Board by an undetermined amount for administering the provisions of this bill.
In addition, this bill reduces from 14 to 5 the members of the Alabama Methamphetamine Abuse Task Force and requires the Task Force to report 30 days following enactment of this bill. The Task Force may receive funds from any source in order to accomplish its responsibilities provided for in this bill.
This bill could increase receipts to the State General Fund by an undetermined amount from fines and could also increase the obligations to local jails, the Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Department of Corrections by an undetermined amount. Both of these are dependent upon the number and nature of the violation committed.
Citizens can aid in fight against meth
There are several tell-tale signs that an informed citizen can use to help local law enforcement fight the war on methamphetamine production.
Before the Alabama Legislature passed a law this week curbing the sale of cold medicine, anyone who was purchasing large amounts of decongestant was a likely suspect.
Now, there are other ways to tell.
If you see anyone purchasing large amounts of peroxide, rubbing alcohol, acetate (finger nail polish remover) or matches, notify the manager of the grocery store.
All of the items above are vital in the production of meth, but are needed in large quantities. Not everyone purchasing these items is going to do evil with them; however, the large amount they will purchase at one time makes them a likely suspect.