Friday, December 10, 2004
Polk County officials contacted our office on the issue of preemption.
I strongly support local restrictions on selling meth precursors -- it is a good start, and good local efforts like this just
demonstrate that the Legislature needs to enact such restrictions statewide.
The dramatic results from similar regulations are more and more clear. Restrictions make it harder for meth cookers to
get the crucial ingredients. That leads to fewer meth labs, fewer kids exposed to dangerous meth ingredients, and more
time for law enforcement to tackle other important problems.
This initiative will encourage still more cities and counties to take positive action to curb the meth-lab problem. And it
sends a message to state lawmakers that we need to tackle this problem statewide.
Critics sometimes argue that restrictions will hamper consumers' access to cold medicines. This will give us a chance to
see whether that's a problem or not.
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