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UPDATE: Amended "Meth Bill" runs out of time; does not pass

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Charleston, WV -

A conference committee report with a compromise for Senate Bill 6 did not meet the 9 p.m. deadline for conference committee reports and was not taken up in the final hours of the regular legislative session.

On the last day of the 2014 Legislative session March 8, an amendment adopted March 7 came under reconsideration regarding Senate Bill 6, regulating the sale of drug products used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, moved to amend the March 7 amendment. The original amendment adopted late March 7 allowed the county commissioner to enact a prescription-only ordinance in relation to the sale of drug products that can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine for the particular county.

The adopted amendment was born as a compromise in response to the push for a statewide mandate for prescription-only pseudoephedrine in the legislation.

Shott explained that he wanted to tweak his original amendment so that a county commissioner would only be able to implement a prescription-only pseudoephedrine ordinance after a majority of the county's residents voted in the affirmative through a voting referendum.

The bill as a whole was also up for passage, with debate for and against coming from both sides of the aisle. The bill passed the House by a vote of 63 to 34, but it still must clear the Senate before it competes the legislative process.

 

Under the proposed bill, an exception would apply for the legal possession of pseudoephedrine if it was purchased in a lawful jurisdiction. In other words, if a person with no previous criminal record purchased pseudoephedrine where the sale of the product was legal, that individual would not be liable for criminal prosecution.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

     A bill to limit the amount of cold medicines on the streets being used to make meth has passed in the WV House of Delegates.

     The bill would allow county commissions to make drugs used to cook meth available by prescription only and to limit the amount of cold medicines that can be purchased each year.
     It allows people to purchase 24 grams of pseudoephedrine annually... that's half the current limit. 
     In addition, the bill would now allow pharmacists to refuse to sell Sudafed and similar drugs to people who are not regular customers at the pharmacy.