Fig 20.6: Vials of barbiturate solution for assay using gas chromotography
In the US, manufacturing a controlled substance is subject to state law unless the act is committed on federal property or if the interception is made by a federal agent. This means that the penalty that applies varies according to the jurisdiction. Take California for example. The minimum penalty for the manufacture of a controlled substance is three to seven years imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000.
The manufacture of Nembutal is unlawful in many countries. The penalty for manufacture or production of a prohibited drug in Australia varies depending on the State. For example, in New South Wales the maximum penalty for producing more than 10gms but under 50gms is $220,000 and 15 years imprisonment.
In the UK, production of a Class B controlled drug brings a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.