Oops–it seems that Riverside County, Ca., will not require people who buy cold medicines containing ingredients that can be used to produce methamphetamine to provide personal information to store clerks. A Los Angeles Times story cited by Crime & Justice News yesterday said the county would enact such a rule. Now the paper says that county lacks legal authority to enforce such a requirement because only the state can regulate drug sales.
As amended Tuesday, the ordinance would have no effect on shoppers or stores. It would require convicted methamphetamine makers to pay for the cleanup of their hazardous labs and establish a county fund for rewards to tipsters who help with successful prosecution of meth producers. Still, Riverside County’s action prompted new calls among drug store industry groups for uniform national legislation on sales of cold medicines that include ingredients that can be used to make meth. Legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) and Jim Talent (R-Mo.) would establish a nationwide system requiring that all cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine be placed behind the counter.