The NY penal law has multiple laws addressing the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine. The issue, though, is that outside of marijuana, it’s the only controlled substance, put into a different category than the other drugs by NY penal Law.
Methamphetamine, or meth, is known as the scourge of rural America, due to the countryside’s vast amount of land, and barns that are left unattended. Those barns are boons for meth manufacturers due to the smaller probability anyone would notice their actions. New York though is known most for its vast metropolis of the five boroughs, and cities usually have a more common scourge, and that is crack cocaine.
There should obviously be laws to discourage people from manufacturing methamphetamine, it is more addictive than crack, and works on the same systems in the brain as crack. The issue, though, is that there isn’t much else in the penal system to distinguish a crack cocaine user and a user of another Schedule 1 substance classified by the federal government. That’s a huge issue due to how they could make a separate law for people converting powder cocaine to crack cocaine. The other issue is how all the drugs are grouped into one part of the penal code.
If the point of law is to make sure people don’t repeat their crimes, then they must make sure the punishment goes accordingly. A heroin addict has different needs than a crack addict, due to withdrawal symptoms, amongst other factors. Our penal law should be more accepting of rehab, and allow for those addicts get the treatment they need so when they are deemed fit to reenter society they don’t relapse. If they don’t relapse, then that’s less consumers demanding a dealers product. Then, maybe, law enforcement can focus on other issues. We can also see less people cooking crack or methamphetamine. The purpose is to highlight, that outside of meth and marijuana there isn’t much to distinguish the other drugs. This is a crime to the victims of pharmacological violence caused by those hard drugs. There must be an effort to help the addicts, and punish crimes caused by the drugs, like someone’s car being stolen for crack money or someone under the influence being violent. There has to be a system to prevent people from using drugs, but also to prevent relapse. We have only laws distinguishing methamphetamine, from the other schedule 1 drugs, and that is pathetic if we are to win this war (which seems to combative, than helpful) on drugs.