Methamphetamine Laws Revised In Indiana

Indiana’s criminal code is changing as it relates to methamphetamine. For most law abiding citizens the law will have little if any effect on their day to day lives. For people who have been convicted of engaging in activities related to the illegal manufacturing and use of methamphetamine, the changes to the law can lead to their arrest if violated.

Indiana criminal code 35-48-4-14.5(h) states, in part, that a person convicted of one of the listed criminal offenses is prohibited from possessing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine within seven years of the person’s sentence. They can obtain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine only if dispensed under a prescription.

Effective as of July 1, Indiana law regarding the sale and control of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine changes the quantity limits as follows:

A person may not purchase and a pharmacy may not sell to one individual more than

  • 3.6 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, on one day;
  • 7.2 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, in a 30 day period; or,
  • 61.2 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, in a 365 day period.

Further, the revised law also prohibits any of the above to be in possession of a person convicted of any of the following:

  • Dealing in methamphetamine,
  • Possession of more than 10 grams of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine,
  • Possession of anhydrous ammonia or ammonia solution with intent to manufacture methamphetamine,
  • Possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance,
  • Unlawful sale of a precursor; from possessing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine within seven years of the person’s sentence, unless dispensed under a prescription.

It is also illegal for a person to sell, transfer, distribute or furnish a chemical reagent or precursor to another person with knowledge or the intent that the recipient will use the chemical reagent or precursors to manufacture a controlled substance.

Citizens are encouraged to call their local law enforcement agencies with any information about the possession, distribution or manufacturing of methamphetamine. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.

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