Cortland County Lawmakers Give Preliminary Approval to New Law Aimed at Growing Meth Problem
Cortland County lawmakers have endorsed a proposed local law aimed at combating the rising methamphetamine problem.
In a unanimous vote Thursday lawmakers on the County Judiciary and Public Safety Committee approved a local law that places regulations on the amount of pseudoephedrine an individual can legally poses.
According to County District Attorney Mark Suben the law is based on federal regulations that place limits on the over counter medication which is a key ingredient in the production of the illegal drug meth.
Under the federal and proposed local law an individual can only poses 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine a day and no more than 9 grams of the drug in 30 days. Possessing larger quantities would result in a felony charge punishable by a year in jail and a one thousand a dollar fine.
The legislation also gives local law enforcement access to store records where pseudoephedrine is sold so that investigators can track who is buying the drug and how much of it.
Some lawmakers questioned the criminalization of a legal over the counter drug, Suben countered that by saying citizens purchasing these drugs lawfully for the intended use have nothing to worry about.
Suben says while the federal law is in place, local law enforcement officers are powerless to act without the local legislation.
The legislature will hold a public hearing on the law on the 24th.