Saturday, July 23, 2011

Over The Counter Encounter with the Patriot Act

The Patriot Act even reaches into the local pharmacy with the government trying to hunt down methamphetamine pre-crime. TITLE VII--COMBAT METHAMPHETAMINE EPIDEMIC ACT OF 2005 SUBTITLE A--DOMESTIC REGULATION OF PRECURSOR CHEMICALS Section 711. Scheduled listed chemical products; restrictions on sale quantity, behind-the counter access, and other safeguards

This section of the conference report is new. Section 711 reclassifies pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, and ephedrine as Schedule Listed Chemicals; reduces the Federal pertransaction sales limit for SLCs from 9 grams to 3.6 grams (the amount recently proposed by the Administration); requires behind-the-counter storage or locked cabinet storage of SLCs; requires that regulated sellers (retail distributors and pharmacies) maintain a written log of purchases; restricts monthly sales to no more than 9.0 grams per purchaser; imposes similar requirements on Internet sellers and mobile retail vendors; and requires each regulated seller to submit a certification that it is in compliance with these requirements, that its employees have been trained as to these requirements, and that records relating to such training are maintained at the retailers location. Such certifications are to be made available by the Attorney General to State and local law enforcement.

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