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January 2009 , Page 20 

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Methamphetamine: Types, Forms, Effects, and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

By Douglas Morris

This article provides information on sentencing statistics, ethics, and the types, “forms,” and effects of methamphetamine. It highlights the significant distinctions between the Sentencing Guideline’s three “sentencing” or “guideline types” of methamphetamine and the nicknames associated with the “forms” of methamphetamine. There is a discussion of how the confusion and generalizations between the “types” and “forms” can easily mislead people and lead to higher sentences than the facts support.1 In order to facilitate the goals of this article, examples are used to illustrate the points raised.

Methamphetamine and the Criminal Justice System

A. Controlled Substances Statistics

The U.S. Sentencing Commission reported in its Sourcebook that there were 72,585 “guidelines cases” in 2006.2 The Commission further reported that “drug trafficking” was the primary offense category in 34.6 percent or 25,086 of those cases.3 Of these 25,086 drug trafficking cases, methamphetamine was the “primary d

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