Kivela Meth Bill Moving Through State House

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109th Dist. State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette)

109th Dist. State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette)

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Michigan Legislature is considering a bipartisan package of bills that target the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The drug is used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

And part of the effort now moving through the Michigan Legislature is to outlaw “smurfing,” the practice of soliciting someone to buy the drugs on behalf of someone who had been convicted of a methamphetamine-related offense.

Bill sponsor Democrat John Kivela of Marquette says meth abuse is a problem in mainly rural areas of Michigan. He says the bills try to keep over-the-counter drugs out of the wrong hands.

House Republican Bob Genetski of Saugatuck notes that the bill gives local prosecutors the tools they need to fight the methamphetamine trade.

The measure is now before the Michigan House.

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