WTVO/WQRF - State leaders have passed a bill to bring the hammer down on those who operate a meth lab, specifically ones near a school.
The bill adds to the Controlled Substances Act. Manufacturing meth within 1,000 feet of school property is now considered an aggravated offense, which carries a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison, as well as fines up to $400,000 or the total street value of the drug.
"The evils of meth are all around us" says Sen. William Haine (D-Alton). "It destroys individuals, families, and neighborhoods."
The state also passed a bill banning synthetic drugs. Those are:
Those synthetic drugs are said to cause hallucinations for the user. The bill makes it illegal to manufacture, deliver, or possess them.
The laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.