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estimated that $20 billion is spent annually by the federal government in the
United States with additional billions allocated each year by state governments
in the War on Drugs.
the federal level, serious offenses carry mandatory prison terms and forfeiture
of property for possession or distribution of illegal drugs defined under the Controlled Substances
Act (CSA) which regulates five classes of drugs depressants, narcotics,
stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids.
these include any substance likely to lead to drug
addiction such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, LSD, PCP, methamphetamines (meth)
or any unauthorized prescription medications. In addition, it is illegal to hold
in possession anything deemed to be drug paraphernalia or equipment used to manufacture
sentences are less severe for "casual" drug possession, penalties can
become much harsher depending on an individual's prior drug arrests, or the amount
of illegal substances found (typically "drug possession with intent to distribute"),
especially if a suspect is caught near a school campus, housing project or day
who uses illegal drugs, even "recreational" drugs in small amounts,
faces the risk of legal action. The easiest way to avoid this is staying away
from drugs and others who use them. One problem is that it isn't always possible
to identify someone who is using recreational drugs.
in a car or spending a night at a friend's house may put you at risk even if you
didn't know there were any drugs around. Getting good legal advice should be a
first step if you are accused of any drug related crime. The ramifications
of one conviction on drug charges can effect the rest of your life.
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about drugs and the law around the Web:
on the Web, find out more about federal & state drug possession laws and penalties,
what to do if you're arrested overseas, plus related news & headlines including
the current controversy surrounding the medical & therapeutic uses of marijuana
- Drug Crimes - Facts & legal tips on what to do in the event of a drug bust, information
on the criminal process in all 50 states, pros & cons of public defenders,
searchable database of drug crime lawyers, related message board.
Enforcement Administration - U.S. Federal agency offering information on marijuana laws, online educational
brochure covering the Controlled Substances Act, what constitutes an illegal substance,
overview of drug classifications, plus the latest news on high profile drug cases
& arrests, free biweekly newsletter.
on Drugs Abroad - Fact sheet from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs with
information on what limited help you can expect from the U.S. Government if you
become the subject of a drug arrest in a foreign country. Includes emergency contact
numbers for Americans arrested or detained abroad.
Workrights Institute - Drug Testing in the Workplace - Discussions on
the topic including current legislation, privacy rights, public employee legal
Law Reform - NORML - Organization promoting law reforms for personal and
medicinal marijuana use featuring news & opinion, a guide to U.S. Federal&
state marijuana laws, an archive of related court cases & decisions, membership
& contact details.
Civil Liberties Union - Criminal Law Reform - One-stop browsing for news &
information on current drug laws, controversies over racial targeting, medical
use of marijuana issues, plus related fact sheets, legislative documents and summaries
of Supreme Court cases.
information provided on these pages is intended as reference
only and does
not constitute professional legal advice.