Drug related crimes are very serious and can lead to jail time, major fines, and can limit future opportunities. If you have been accused of a drug crime, then you need to contact an experienced Essex, MD drug crime lawyer immediately.
Which Drugs are Controlled?
There are many drugs that are labeled as “controlled substances” and are regulated by the government. These include opiates, amphetamines, pain-killers, and many other kinds of drugs. Controlled substances are separated into five different levels, known as schedules. Each schedule is different and carries a different level of consequences.
Schedule 1 controlled substances currently have no accepted medical usages and have a high probability of abuse. Examples include: heroin, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote. Schedule 2 drugs are defined as having a high potential for abuse, as well as a tendency to cause severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples include: Ritalin, Adderall, cocaine, methamphetamine, and Vicodin. Schedules 3-5 certainly have their dangers, otherwise they wouldn’t be scheduled, but carry lesser threats than Schedules 1 and 2.
Why is Marijuana a Schedule 1 Substance?
Marijuana, or weed as it is known on the street, was on the original list of Schedule 1 substances in 1970 when President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law. From there, its history has been cloudy.
While still on the federal schedule 1 list, many states have legalized the drug for either medical or recreational uses. In 2013 Maryland joined this list by allowing for the medical usage of marijuana, when bought from a state-licensed dispensary. Additionally charges for possession of marijuana have been greatly reduced in the state. Previously, as little as 10 grams could land you serious jail time and give you a criminal record, but under current laws, possession of 10 grams or less is treated like a traffic infraction.
If you were previously convicted of a marijuana related crime, you may be eligible to have it expunged from your record. To find out if you are eligible, you should consult with an experienced Essex, MD drug crimes lawyer.
You Can Count on Ross W. Albers
No matter the severity of your charges, if you have been charged with a drug-related crime, you need the services of an Essex, MD drug crimes lawyer. Ross W. Albers has served Essex and other surrounding Maryland areas for years, and knows the ins and outs of Maryland drug law. Contact us today to learn about how you should proceed and what your options are. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.