We support the re-classification of crimes associated with the sale and manufacture of methamphetamine. These crimes are currently classified as "non-violent." Early release and probation are common in the sentencing of dealers and cooks. Our law enforcement officers risk their lives to arrest these people only to find them back on the street sometimes within hours of arrest. The sale and manufacture of methamphetamine should not be considered non-violent any more than spiking tylenol capsules with cyanide would be considered non-violent.
The bonds and fines against drug manufacturers and dealers are often set far too low to function as a deterrent. Dealers frequently have enough mnoney in their front pocket to meet their bond and buy their freedom. The bonds and fines are considered a "cost of doing business. The profit margin in the drug trade is enormous and is not subject to taxation.