In split vote, Kirksville pseudoephedrine ordinance passes

MGN Online

By a split vote Monday night, the Kirksville City Council passed an ordinance making it more difficult for meth-makers to get their hands on a key ingredient used in the illegal drug.

The vote was 3-2 in favor of the ordinance regulating purchases of meth precursor drugs, specifically ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

The new ordinance will require you to have a doctor's prescription to buy most pseudoephedrine products at any pharmacy in Kirksville.

Over the past few weeks, Councilmen Jerry Mills and Robert Russell said they have heard from a lot of residents who oppose such an ordinance, and that is one of the main reasons the two of them voted against it.

"I worry about punishing the innocent for a law that's already in place,â?? said Russell. â??We have drug enforcement, we have law enforcement to handle that, and we have courts to prosecute it so I think basically that was my reasoning."

Currently, pseudoephedrine products in Missouri are sold over the counter, but they are kept under lock and key, and purchasers have to sign a log that is tracked by law enforcement.

Kirksville's new ordinance goes into effect May 1, 2014.