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California ephedrine limits

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

New state law sets single transaction limit for products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, norpseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine at 9 g or three packages; the bill includes an exemption for certain pediatric OTCs in liquid form. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, is aimed at curbing methamphetamine production. Legislation is pending on Capitol Hill that would set a nationwide single transaction limit for non-safe harbor products containing pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine at 9 g (1"The Tan Sheet" Nov. 29, 1999, p. 7)

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