The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- New bipartisan legislation in Lansing takes aim at methamphetamine production in Michigan.
Bills introduced last week would attempt to prevent "smurfing," where organized groups of people buy smaller quantities of medicines containing pseudoephedrine and combine the drug to make meth. There are limits on how much ephedrine individuals can buy, and combining resources is a way around the restrictions.
The legislation would make it a felony to purchase pseudoephedrine knowing it will be combined with other ephedrine to make meth. The bills also would create a stop-sale notification for anyone convicted of a felony drug conviction who is buying a product containing pseudoephedrine.
The bills are being sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Kivela of Marquette and Republican Reps. Bob Genetski of Saugatuck and Aric Nesbitt of Lawton.