October 25, 2014

HB 12-1325: Changing Sales Limits for Meth Precursor Drugs; Requiring Stores to Submit Purchasers’ Information to National Online Log

On March 9, 2012, Rep. Ken Summers and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson introduced HB 12-1325 – Concerning Tracking Transactions Related to Methamphetamine Precursor Drugs. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill changes the 24-hour period to a period of one calendar day during which any person may not knowingly deliver in or from a store to the same individual, and a person may not purchase from a store, more than 3.6 grams of a methamphetamine precursor drug, or a combination of two or more methamphetamine precursor drugs. The bill adds more than 9 grams of methamphetamine precursor drugs during a 30-day period to those prohibitions. A store is required to check a customer’s identification before selling the methamphetamine precursor drug and keep a log of each sale.

Beginning January 1, 2013, a store before completing a precursor sale must electronically submit the required information to the national precursor log exchange if the system is available without a charge to stores for access. If the sale would result in the store or purchaser violating the quantity limits, the system will generate a stop sale alert. The person shall not complete the sale if the system generates a stop sale alert; except that the person may make the sale if he or she has a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm if the sale is not completed. If the electronic system is unavailable, the store must keep a log until the system becomes available. There is an exception for stores that make fewer than 10 transactions during a seven day period.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will receive weekly reports from the national precursor log exchange and can allow Colorado law enforcement agencies to access the exchange. The provisions preempt any local ordinances. On March 27, the Judiciary Committee amended the bill are referred it to the Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear the bill on Thursday, April 12 at 1:30 pm.

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