§ 7508.2. Operation of methamphetamine laboratory.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits the offense of operating a methamphetamine laboratory if the person knowingly causes a chemical reaction involving ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, or any other precursor or reagent substance under section 13.1 of the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine or preparing a precursor or reagent substance for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), an offense under this subsection constitutes a felony of the second degree and is also subject to section 1110 (relating to restitution for cleanup of clandestine laboratories).
(2) A person who violates subsection (a) commits a felony of the first degree if the chemical reaction occurs within 1,000 feet of the real property on which is located a public, private or parochial school, a college or university or a nursery school or day care center, or within 250 feet of the real property on which is located a recreation center or playground. The person shall also be subject to section 1110.
(1) This section does not apply to the manufacturing operation of a licensed pharmaceutical company in the normal course of business.
(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude a prosecution for the same or similar activity under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.
(d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Manufacture." The term shall have the same meaning given to the term in section 2(b) of the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.
(Apr. 29, 2010, P.L.174, No.18, eff. 60 days)
2010 Amendment. Act 18 added section 7508.2.
Cross References. Section 7508.2 is referred to in section 6303 of Title 23 (Domestic Relations).