Michigan Senate approves bills to stymie meth manufacturing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A pair of bills making it illegal to try to get someone to buy a behind-the-counter pharmaceutical drug that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Michigan Senate approved legislation Tuesday to stop attempts to solicit someone to buy pseudoephedrine. The bills would make the crime a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The state House previously voted in favor of the measure.

Soliciting someone to buy pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to make meth already is a felony.

Pseudoephedrine is used to treat congestion. An analysis says the bills are aimed mainly at small, behind-the-counter drugstore purchases of medications containing pseudoephedrine.

The legislation now awaits Snyder’s signature.

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