Representatives Cox and Carter Introduce Bipartisan STOP METH Bill

Rep. Cox will speak on this topic at the MPA’s 2012 Legislative Day, April 11th!

Legislation Bolsters Stop-Sale System & Reduces Annual Purchase Limits

JEFFERSON CITY — State Reps. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, and Chris Carter, D-St. Louis, today introduced bipartisan legislation designed to significantly strengthen Missouri’s anti-meth laws. The STOP METH legislation (HB 1328) enacts tougher penalties for criminals in possession of pseudoephedrine (PSE), significantly reduces the monthly and annual purchase amount of cold medications that contain PSE, requires that anyone convicted of a drug related offense obtain a prescription for pseudoephedrine medicines, and enhances the proven stop-sale system already in effect in Missouri.

“Methamphetamine is a scourge on our communities and real-time, stop-sale technology is the best solution for reducing meth labs,” said Cox, chairman of the Missouri House Judiciary Committee.  “Our bipartisan anti-meth legislation creates tougher penalties for criminals and significantly restricts the amount of cold medications with PSE that can be purchased in a month and year.  Our solution will help stop the criminals while ensuring honest, law-abiding citizens can access the cold medications they need without a prescription.”

“I’m pleased to join with Representative Cox in introducing this tough anti-meth bill,” said Carter.  “Making popular cold medications prescription-only is not the answer.  Our legislation protects legal access for law-abiding Missourians, while cutting off access for the criminals with tougher penalties and restrictions to help law enforcement track them down and keep meth off our streets.”

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