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What are Schedule I drugs in Virginia?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2023 | Drug Crimes

Drug regulations play an essential role in maintaining public safety and health. And understanding the classification of drugs is essential for citizens. 

Schedule I drugs are controlled substances considered to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Read on to delve into the details of Schedule I drugs, examples and the implications of possessing or trafficking these substances.

Effects of Schedule I drugs

Schedule I drugs fall under the strictest category of controlled substances. The criteria for a drug to be classified as Schedule I include a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use and a lack of accepted safety. 

That is to say that these drugs have a high likelihood of being misused or causing severe psychological and physical dependence. Additionally, according to medical professionals and authorities, there is no currently accepted medical use for these substances. And lastly, the drugs lack an accepted safety under medical supervision, leading to potentially severe health risks and adverse effects.

Examples of Schedule I drugs

The state’s law specifically lists several substances as Schedule I drugs. Common examples include heroin, LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), MDMA (Ecstacy/Molly), peyote and mescaline.

Penalties for possession of Schedule I drugs

Possession of Schedule I drugs is taken seriously and can lead to severe legal consequences. Possession of a small amount of a Schedule I drug for personal use is considered a Class 5 felony, which has a penalty is up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500. And if an individual is convicted for the first time of intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, the penalties are between 5 to 40 years in prison and a $500,00 fine.

Understanding the implications of Schedule I drugs is essential for everyone. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, knowing about drug laws and their consequences is crucial to staying on the right side of the law.