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Illegal Drug Manufacture Laws in Michigan

October 21, 2016 Criminal Law and Procedure

Michigan has many laws aimed at disrupting the manufacture of drugs. The following laws and penalties all center around drug manufacturing. Some of these rules are aimed specifically at the manufacture of methamphetamine. MCL 333.7401c.

In Michigan, a person may not;

  • Own or possess a home, building, or car to be used as a place involved in manufacturing drugs or drug dealing activities.
  • Own or possess any laboratory equipment or chemicals that a person knows or has reason to know will be used in manufacturing drugs.
  • Provide any laboratory equipment or chemicals to another person knowing the person will use them to manufacture drugs.

Any of the above three acts is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.

However, the penalty may be increased for the presence of any of the below listed circumstances:

  • A violation of these rules in the presence of a minor is a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.
  • A violation that involves the creation, storage, treatment, or disposal of hazardous waste is a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.
  • A violation that occurs within 500 feet of a residence, church, house of worship, school, or business establishment is a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.
  • A violation that involves the manufacture of methamphetamine is a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.
  • A violation that involves the possession of a firearm or other weapon is a felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.

These rules do not apply to the manufacture of cocaine and marijuana.

What Does Manufacture Mean?

The statute defines “manufacture” as the compounding, conversion, preparation, production, propagation, directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis.

However, manufacture does not include the packaging or repackaging of the substance or labeling or relabeling of its container, and does not apply to a person authorized by law to manufacture such substances.

Call ArborYpsi Law

Call Sam Bernstein at 734-883-9584 or e-mail at bernstein@arborypsilaw.com.

Sam Bernstein is an Ann Arbor Defense Lawyer.

ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

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