2016 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 6 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, or Welfare
Chapter 64 - Controlled Substances
Subchapter 11 - -- Ephedrine and Other Nonprescription Drugs
§ 5-64-1101. Possession -- Penalty

AR Code § 5-64-1101 (2016) What's This?

(a) It is unlawful for any person to possess more than five grams (5g) of ephedrine or nine grams (9g) of pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, or their salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers, alone or in a mixture, except:

(1) Any pharmacist or other authorized person who sells or furnishes ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine or their salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers, upon the prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, veterinarian, or other healthcare professional with prescriptive authority, or as authorized pursuant to § 5-64-1103;

(2) A product exempted under § 5-64-1103(b)(1) and (2), without a prescription, pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 301 et seq., or regulations adopted under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 301 et seq., if the person possesses a sales and use tax permit issued by the Department of Finance and Administration;

(3) Any physician, dentist, podiatrist, veterinarian, or other healthcare professional with prescriptive authority who administers or furnishes ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine or their salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers to his or her patient; or

(4) (A) Any manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy that meets one (1) of the requirements in subdivision (a)(4)(B) of this section and sells, transfers, or otherwise furnishes ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine or their salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers to:

(i) A licensed pharmacy, physician, dentist, podiatrist, veterinarian, or other healthcare professional with prescriptive authority; or

(ii) Any person who possesses a sales and use tax permit issued by the department.

(B) (i) The manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor shall hold or store the substance in a facility that meets the packaging requirements of § 5-64-1005(4)(A)-(C).

(ii) The manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor shall sell, transfer, or otherwise furnish only to a healthcare professional identified in subdivisions (a)(1) and (a)(3) of this section.

(b) Possession of more than five grams (5g) of ephedrine or more than nine grams (9g) of pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, or their salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers constitutes prima facie evidence of the intent to manufacture methamphetamine or another controlled substance in violation of this subchapter unless the person qualifies for an exemption listed in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Any person who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a Class D felony.

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