Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today hailed Gov. George Pataki for signing into law legislation to aggressively attack the growing problem of methamphetamine (meth) production and abuse in New York state.
"This is a drug that is spreading very fast in our communities effecting our kids and adults alike, the relative ease of manufacture is making it the drug of choice. This it what makes this drug extremely dangerous." Reilich said. "I applaud the governor for signing this bill into law."
The law establishes a stronger state policy regarding operation of illegal meth labs by creating three new felony offenses, ranging from Class D to Class B, for unlawful production of of the drug. The law also increases the charges and penalties for theft of anhydrous ammonia, the pressurized corn fertilizer used in a popular meth recipe. It boosts penalties against individuals who threaten public safety and the environment by carelessly disposing of dangerous meth ingredients.