LANSING –- Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs to help enforce limits on purchasing a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine was signed Friday by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“As a former state police commander, I thank the governor for helping keep Michigan’s communities safe by signing this important reform into law,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Methamphetamine production is extremely dangerous, and law enforcement officers put themselves at risk every time they try to close down a lab. This reform will help save the lives of would-be addicts as well as those of our dedicated officers who work hard every day to keep us safe.”
Methamphetamine, or meth, is an illegal drug that is commonly manufactured using ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are common ingredients in cold medications.
“Meth is a highly-addictive drug that is unfortunately making inroads in mid-Michigan. Its effects on users, their families and communities are shocking and devastating,” Nofs said. “Consumers are currently required to show ID that retailers record when buying certain cold or allergy medicines. My bill punishes criminals who attempt to circumvent state law by using a fake ID to acquire large quantities of these substances for illicit purposes.”
Under Nofs’ measure, Public Act 85 of 2011, it will be a misdemeanor to use or attempt to use a false identification or that of another person to purchase a product containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, except in the case of undercover or police operations. This is consistent with existing state law, which prohibits the use of a false ID to purchase a firearm or for a minor attempting to purchase alcohol.
Nofs’ reform is part of a four-bill package to combat meth production. The other measures, Public Acts 84, 86 and 87 of 2011, set a limit on the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy, require buyers to show ID, and require retailers to consult an online system to ensure the buyer has not exceeded the limit.