Senate approves Nofs bill to combat meth production

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LANSING –- The Michigan Senate approved legislation Thursday to help enforce limits on purchasing a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, said Sen. Mike Nofs, sponsor of the measure.

Methamphetamine, or meth, is a powerfully-addictive, illegal drug that is commonly manufactured in home labs using ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are common ingredients in cold medications.

“Meth is a highly-addictive drug that has devastating impacts on users, their families and communities,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “When buying certain cold or allergy medicines, consumers are already required to show ID that retailers record. My bill would punish criminals who attempt to use a fake ID to circumvent state law and acquire large quantities of these substances for illicit purpose.”

Nofs’ measure, Senate Bill 350, would make it a misdemeanor to use or attempt to use a false identification or that of another person to purchase a product containing ephedrine pseudoephedrine, except in the case of undercover or police operations. This is consistent with state law, which prohibits the use of a false ID to purchase a firearm or for a minor attempting to purchase alcohol.

“Meth production is extremely dangerous, and law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every time they try to close down a lab,” said Nofs, a former state police commander. “I thank my Senate colleagues for helping local and state law enforcement keep our communities safe by approving this important reform.”

SB 350 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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