Drugs are divided into five distinct schedules (or categories). Each schedule is determined by its acceptable medical use and potential for abuse or dependency.
Schedule I drugs are the worst drugs to be caught with. The law takes them most seriously because they have a very high risk of abuse and have no acceptable medical use. Some of these drugs include:
- Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)
- Ecstasy/Molly (MDMA)
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Sally (MDA)
Schedule II drugs can have an acceptable medical use, but they still have a high potential for abuse. These drugs can include:
- Coca leaves
- Dextromethorphan (DXM)
- Poppy straw and poppy tea
What type of consequence you face not only depends on the type of drug, but the schedule it's in, how much you had, and which class the offense falls under. Heroin, cocaine, and morphine — for example — are considered class 1 felonies. The penalties can vary from four to 50 years of incarceration plus a $200,000 fine. Class 4 felonies aren't as heavy (one to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine), and class C misdemeanors are even less severe (up to 30 days in prison and a $1,500 fine).
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