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New Laws Aim to Reduce Meth Production

June 29, 2014 Criminal Law and Procedure

Three new Michigan laws attempt to reduce the production of methamphetamine by taking aim at “smurfs.”

A smurf is a person who purchases cold medicines that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine for another who will use the chemicals to make methamphetamine.

Several years ago laws were passed that capped the amount of cold medicines containing these chemicals that could be sold to an individual. An individual cannot purchase more than 3.6 grams in one single day or more than 9 grams in any 30 day period. The purchaser’s name is entered into a database. Hence, the creation of the smurf, a person who is paid to purchase the drug for others.

House Bill 5363 makes it illegal to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing it will be used to cook meth. Doing so is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both.

House Bill 5089 makes it illegal to ask a person to purchase the cold medicines in order to cook meth. House Bill 5090 makes this solicitation a 10 year felony.

The laws will take effect in January.

Read more about Michigan Methamphetamine Laws.

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