Possession is a serious crime in New Jersey. Read on to learn more about the penalties associated with different types of drugs.
What is the Federal Drug Schedule?
The consequences you face for drug crimes will depend largely on the type of drug. New Jersey uses the following system to determine which drugs are most dangerous:
- Schedule I: These have a high potential for abuse with either no accepted medical use or lack of safe use under medical supervision. Examples can include certain opiates and heroin. While marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, there are different rules. Medical marijuana was legalized in New Jersey in 2010 but recreational use is illegal.
- Schedule II: These have a high potential for abuse but have some accepted medical uses, with restrictions. This can include certain opiates and drugs produced with coca leaves or extractions not containing cocaine.
- Schedules III through V: These have a lesser potential for abuse than Schedule I and II drugs, although usage can have a degree of physical or psychological dependence. Schedule III can include amphetamines while Schedule V drugs can include a limited quantity of narcotic drugs such as codeine combined with non-narcotic substances.
Consequences of Heroin Possession
When it comes to heroin, even low-level possession charges will result in misdemeanors or felonies, for which you may spend several years in jail.
Consequences of Cocaine Possession
Even one gram of cocaine is enough to put you in jail, and once you are convicted, you will obtain a criminal record, which will most likely follow you for the rest of your life.
Consequences of Perscription Drug Possession
If you are caught in possession of prescription medication that you are not prescribed you risk serious penalties, and even harsher penalties if it is determined that you had the intent to sell the drug.
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