Ala. Legislature Passes Meth Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Senate has given final approval to a bill designed to fight the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine by restricting where cold and allergy medicine containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine can be sold.

The bill by Republican Rep. Blaine Galliher won approval in the House last month and cleared the Senate 27-4 on Thursday. It now goes to the governor for signing into law.

Galliher said ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are used to make meth. The bill limits the sale of medicine with ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to pharmacies. They will no longer be sold in grocery stores and other retail stores that don't include pharmacies. Purchasers will have to show a state-issued ID, military ID or passport.

Galliher said the bill does not require a prescription like Mississippi does.

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  • by Sick of this mess Location: Alabama on Apr 25, 2012 at 08:29 AM
    I don't have a problem with the bill but what we really need is more education, law enforcement and drug testing. What good is the bill without something to back it up. The cookers have continued and will continue to find a way to make it. Disgusting as it is, they have made it through every single road block that has been thrown out there.
  • by SouthernPatriot on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM
    A little inconvience is a small price to pay if it helps keep this drug off the street. Finally...a bill that makes some common sense.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    Oh, Thank God !! Maybe Florida will follow suit.That drug has ruined a lot of people and why they try it is any bodys guess. I've heard grandparents my age 56 trying it and losing their homes because of it. You have to be pure crazy to give up all you've worked for to get on a drug that devastates lives like this drug does.Don't let anyone tell you it's not that bad, It is! I have children that has freinds that are deceased because of this drug. This is not a cool drug, it's a dangerous drug. Drugs are not cool.Living and enjoying a natural life is cool.
  • by Robert Location: Dothan on Apr 20, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    Yet again, the government acts to inconvience the majority rather than DO THEIR JOB and put the drug manufacturers in prison AND KEEP THEM there for a LONG time. All these folks get is a slap on the wrists and there right back outhere making dope. Should be 20 years, no parole, no anything, 20 years to the day hard labor.
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