Methamphetamine has become the predominant illegal drug in the County of Lake and the City of Clearlake. Methamphetamine addiction has devastating consequences for the families and children of those addicted as well as the addicts themselves. Methamphetamine addition is directly tied to increases in criminal activities and violence in Lake County and the City of Clearlake. Lake County and the City of Clearlake continues to see an increase in the production and use of methamphetamine by residents and by others who have chosen to prey on availability of space and limited law enforcement resources. The City of Clearlake has incurred significant costs associated with drug arrests, health costs related to intravenous drug use, treatment admissions and environmental cleanups related to methamphetamine use.
Methamphetamine production is dependent on pseudoephedrine which is commonly purchased as cold and allergy medications and readily available at many retail outlets in the City of Clearlake. Current statutory provisions found at Health and Safety Code Section 111000 et seq. regulating the sale of over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine do not address the storage of said products or the identification of buyers of said products. The Clearlake City Council finds that there are compelling reasons to exercise its police powers to address the storage of over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine and the identification of said buyers of said products and that measures in this section are not preempted by State Law. The Clearlake City Council further finds that measures contained in this section are necessary to reduce the theft and availability of products containing pseudoephedrine and thereby reducing methamphetamine production and sales in the County of Lake and the City of Clearlake. (Ord. #116-2005, S1)