published Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Tracking system for meth delayed in Senate

NASHVILLE — Senate disagreement today over how best to combat illegal production of methamphetamine in Tennessee resulted in the forced delay of a proposed electronic tracking system.

Senators voted 18-12 to delay the measure, sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, for a week.

The system is being promoted by pharmaceutical manufacturers and the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, who don’t want to see cold medicine made with pseudoephedrine — one of the key ingredients in meth — turned into prescription-only drugs.

Some lawmakers, however, supported that plan.

During debate, Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, a pharmacist, said the industry-backed tracking bill doesn’t appear to solve Tennessee’s meth problems.

“I feel at least in my area, law enforcement would like to see pseudoephedrine made a controlled substance. I would favor the approach that they take,” McNally said.

As the debate continued, Beavers told colleagues “this is a serious bill. I don’t think you need to question it.”

She rejected requests to delay the measure, resulting in the vote forcing the delay.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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captainkona said...

“I feel at least in my area, law enforcement would like to see pseudoephedrine made a controlled substance. I would favor the approach that they take,” McNally said.

Idiot. That would create yet another black market drug that will get people killed. Meth is already illegal, what the hell difference would it make to have a key ingredient made illegal? The key ingredient in Heroin is Opium. It's illegal...I have some. What's the point?

Prohibitionist morons.

February 24, 2011 at 1:25 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Indeed, prohibitionist morons always want to get a paycheck controlling how others choose to die.

We're all gonna get there someday, and I for one don't loose any sleep knowing that some choose to get there quickly and "methd'up".

February 24, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
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