While many drugs are considered illegal, Maryland law does not provide uniform charges or consequences for sale, possession or distribution. Instead, the legal system has divided drugs into different groups that dictate the severity and potential legal consequences.
Drug Schedules in Maryland
The state of Maryland separates drugs into different “schedules.” There are five schedules that are roughly grouped by danger to the individual, though the classification is highly subjective and lacks strong scientific basis.
- Schedule I includes most common “recreational” drugs like marijuana, heroin, or LSD
- Schedule II includes more heavily restricted drugs like cocaine, Oxycodone, and most methamphetamines
- Schedule III are drugs that features prominently in medical procedures like anabolic steroids and ketamine
- Schedule IV includes over the counter drugs like Xanax or Valium
- Schedule V includes widely available drugs like Lyrica or cough syrups with codeine
In some of these schedules, possession is not inherently illegal but it is controlled and limited. In all cases, a first offense is a misdemeanor and repeated offenses will lead to felony charges.
Legal Help Who Can Work With Your Schedule
Regardless of the schedule of drug, if you are arrested for drug possession in Maryland, it is important that you get professional legal help. At Robinson and Associates we understand the legal system and can work to get you the best possible outcome.
Contact us online to schedule a free appointment or call us to discuss your case and begin building your defense.