Sale of ‘ice’ ingredients
is limited by new law

Sale of chemicals used to make crystal methamphetamine will be limited under a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Linda Lingle.

She said it's a start but doesn't go far enough to deal with Hawaii's "ice" problem.

The new law, Act 193, requires manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to monitor chemicals such as iodine and red and white phosphorous, which are key chemicals used for methamphetamines. They must maintain records and regulate the quantity of materials sold to people without valid identification.

A bill of sale also is required that describes the specific chemicals and amounts purchased. Limits are imposed on the amount of certain chemicals sold to a person in a certain time period.

The bill originally limited sale of other chemicals used to manufacture ice, including ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, norpseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine. These were deleted from the bill by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lt. Gov. James Aiona said the administration will seek limits on them during the next session.


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