In the future, meth houses will be disclosed
Incredibly, Pennsylvania is one of just 22 states with no law in place to disclose meth production when buying or selling a home.
Neither are there laws to disclose meth production when renting a home or apartment; renting a hotel room; or selling a motor vehicle.
Someone may have made meth in your past, current, or future house, and unlike Jesse Pinkman in Season 3 of Breaking Bad, you can’t use that information to blackmail down the asking price.
But members of the state Senate—God bless ‘em—may be ready to fill you in on that dirty, chemically secret.
“In the very near future, we will be introducing legislation which would require the owner or lessor of real property to disclose that the property was used as a location to manufacture methamphetamine,” write state Sens. John Rafferty (R-Berks) and Gene Yaw (R-Bradford) in a legislative memo they began distributing yesterday. “Our legislation will also set up a decontamination protocol in coordination with law enforcement and the Department of Health to insure that all real property used in the production of methamphetamine is properly decontaminated before the property can be sold or inhabited. This legislation also includes a provision that would provide immunity for real estate professionals if the owner or lessor failed to disclose this information.”
Generally, meth labs are rarely raided or found unless a serious incident occurs at the property. According to a Justice Department PDF, three labs in Philadelphia have been cleaned up by the DEA and Environmental Protection Agency in the last decade, as part of a program they call Clandestine Lab Cleanup.
Last year, more than two dozen people from all over Pennsylvania—including several from Philly and the surrounding counties—were arrested for being part of a $3.5 million meth trafficking network which began in Mexico and ended here.
In the 2012 calendar year, there were 96 meth incidents (lab seizures, dump sites, chemical and glassware seizures) in Pennsylvania, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. That’s up from just 18 in 2007.
Meth is bad. Hitler did it, it’s addictive, kills your teeth, and, on top of all that, producing the drug creates toxic waste that, when disposed, negatively impact the environment.
It also negatively impacts the spaces in which it’s produced. The chemicals used in production often stay on the walls and windows of the place it’s made well after the meth cook has left. You live in house where meth was made, you open yourself up for respiratory and nervous system problems.