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Wed April 16, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Senate Approves Governor's Anti-Meth Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-methamphetamine legislation has been approved by the Senate.

The Senate voted 23-8 yesterday for about a 5 gram per month maximum and an annual cap of just over 14 grams of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without a prescription.

Over-the-counter remedies that include pseudoephedrine are used to make methamphetamine.

The Senate version is different than the House version, which sets about a 6 gram monthly cap and annual limit of almost 29 grams. The House passed that version 80-17 earlier this month.

Lawmakers must now work out the differences before the legislation heads to the governor's desk.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, nearly 1700 meth labs were seized in Tennessee last year.