Schedule 1 drugs are defined as drugs that have no medical use and also have a high likelihood for abuse, according to the Federal government. Schedule 1 drugs are defined in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which is part of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. Any drug labeled as Schedule 1 is considered the most dangerous in the world.
The list of Schedule 1 drugs includes the following:
- Bath salts
- Synthetic marijuana
Even though marijuana is on the list, it is becoming decriminalized in many states across the country and is being widely accepted medically to help people with various pain issues or sight problems.
The penalties for Schedule 1 drugs vary based on first and second offense and the type of Schedule 1 drug you were caught with by law enforcement officials. For example, if you are arrested with cocaine, and it is your first offense, you face anywhere from five to 40 years in prison. If your actions led to death, you face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.
If you are caught with 5 kgs or more of cocaine and it is a first offense, you can face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison. If your actions led to serious injury or death, you face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison if it is a first offense.
As you can see, Schedule 1 drugs are serious and can lead to abuse and addiction. These drugs have zero medical impact on any patient and can even lead to overdose and death. It is best if you speak to an attorney when charged with a crime involving a Schedule 1 drug.