Senate backs off on meth bill, adopts weaker limit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Senate has backed down in its standoff with the House over Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine.

The bill headed for the governor's signature will require a prescription to obtain more than 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine per year, or about five months' worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed that are used to cook meth in makeshift labs.

Haslam and the Senate had supported a version of the bill that would have set a 14.4-gram annual limit before requiring a prescription.

The measure went to a conference committee when the two chambers couldn't agree, and Senate negotiators agreed to the looser restrictions.

The House approved the measure 80-16. The Senate approved its version 26-5.


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