Tracking retail sales of pseudoephedrine

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 28, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA supports a bill, AB 1455 (Jerry Hill, D-San Francisco) that will implement a statewide electronic tracking program in retail outlets to monitor all California over-the-counter pseudoephedrine purchases in "real-time."

Retailers would be alerted immediately when a consumer reaches the legal limit for purchases and would be able to deny the sale. Law enforcement would monitor sales on a statewide basis for "smurfing" where criminals go from store-to-store circumventing the limits.

Existing federal laws provide for limited regulation of the retail sale of pseudoephedrine products. These laws prohibit the sale of more than 3.6 grams in a single transaction, and more than 9.0 grams in a one-month period. Under current law, the seller must maintain a written or electronic logbook of each sale, including the date of the transaction, the name and address of the purchaser, and the quantity sold. The purchaser must present valid identification which the seller must verify.

Federal law also requires purchasers to sign a paper or electronic logbook, and sellers to maintain the documents.  AB 1455 will centralize this information and makes it available in real-time.

CMTA supports AB 1455 because it provides a real-time, proactive approach to combating methamphetamine production in California without risking higher cost, access or diminished health for millions of lawful pseudoephedrine-laden medication patients in the state.  The bill missed the deadline to be passed out of its policy committee, Senate Public Safety.  CMTA looks forward to advancing the bill in January.

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