U.S. Supreme Court rejects Oklahoma cold medicine case

The Supreme Court declined to hear Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's appeal of case in which state law on buying cold medicine with pseudoephedrine was struck down.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL ccasteel@opubco.com Modified: June 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm •  Published: June 10, 2013

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sought Supreme Court review. He argued that Wolf's ignorance of the law was not an excuse.

Because of laws, regulations and public awareness campaigns in Oklahoma about methamphetamine abuse, people are on notice that buying pseudoephedrine is regulated in the state, Pruitt argued.

Because of her previous case, Wolf should have known about those regulations, the attorney general said.

The law created a registry of offenders that was supposed to prevent pharmacists from selling the drug to people on the banned list.

However, the way the law worked, only people who were convicted of meth-related crimes after the law took effect made it on the registry, according to Wolf's attorney.

There was no way to add people such as Wolf — whose crime occurred years before the law took effect — to the list.

Beginning Nov. 1, an amendment to the law will require the state to notify those convicted of meth offenses that they are subject to the meth registry and cannot purchase pseudoephedrine.

“We respect the court's decision, and we're thankful the state was proactive in addressing the issue,” Pruitt said.

“These measures will comply with the court's ruling and help keep this drug out of the hands of criminals.”


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