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McGrath, Stenehjem Propose Anti-Meth Resolution

BIG SKY – Attorneys general gave preliminary approval to a resolution encouraging federal enforcement efforts against methamphetamine Wednesday at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Summer Meeting at Big Sky. Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath and North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem co-sponsored the resolution.

The resolution encourages states and territories to pass laws related to the manufacture, sale and use of methamphetamine. It also encourages the federal government to

  • increase efforts to disrupt the trafficking of meth and precursor chemicals over U.S. borders;
  • enact federal legislation to limit pseudoephedrine-based products, and
  • assist state, local and other law enforcement by providing additional resources to combat methamphetamine.

The 2005 Montana Legislature passed what McGrath calls “one of the most comprehensive package of methamphetamine legislation in the nation,” approving bills on pseudoephedrine restriction, indoor property cleanup standards, anhydrous ammonia controls, treatment courts and drug enforcement.

McGrath cautioned against federal preemption of states’ laws.

“States are doing good work in the fight against meth,” McGrath said, “and while it’s imperative that we have federal support, it’s essential that that support does not derail or weaken the states’ enforcement efforts.”

Also Wednesday, McGrath moderated a panel discussion on a number of topics related to meth, including law enforcement, drug-endangered children and regulation of precursors. Panelists included representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Alliance on Model State Drug Laws and the National Jewish Medical Research Center.

The resolution will later be sent to every attorney general and the AGs then have 10 days to abstain from voting or reject the resolution.

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