In Hanover, Virginia a controlled substance is defined in VA code under the section § 54.1-3401 as a drug. The Virginia law classifies these drugs or controlled substance into six schedules. In the medical community the schedule of the controlled substance is identified by its potential for risk, abuse and risk of dependence. There are several numbers of drugs that are illegal in Hanover, Virginia. The drugs are classified into six schedules such as schedule 1, 2 and so on under VA code section (54.1-3446, 3448) and each schedule has a different punishment that comes under the section of drug offenses. The Hanover, Virginia law are very strict and the charges are associated with each type of drug offenses.
According to VA code section § 54.1-3445 the schedule 1 of drugs have a very high potential for no accepted medical use and abuse. The most common drugs(controlled substance) are Ecstasy, Heroin and LSD.
The drug offense that comes under schedule 2 have some accepted medical use but contains a very high potential for abuse, which can lead a person to a serious psychic or physical condition( VA code §54.1-3447). The controlled substances comes under section 2 are PCP, Oxycodone, Cocaine and Meth.
The drug offense that comes under section 3 have a very low potential of abuse than the controlled substances 1 and 2. These drugs have a low physical dependence and a high psychological dependence and these drugs have accepted medical use (§54.1-3449). These controlled substances includes Hydrocodone and anabolic steroids.
The drug offense that comes under section 4 have accepted medical use, a less potential for abuse and also a limited psychological and physical acceptance. The drugs includes under this section are Valium and Xanax.
The drug offense that comes under section 5 have limited psychological and physical dependence. These controlled substance have an accepted medical use also. The drugs includes this section are codeine based cough syrups.
The drug offense that comes under section 6 are normally prescriptions and there are other drugs that are not classified in other 5 categories.
- The manufacturing and distribution with the intention to manufacture and distribute in larger quantity of schedule 1 & 2 is charged as class 5 felony. A 20 year jail time is applicable if:
- 1 Kg or more heroin.
- 10 kg of cocaine.
- 5 kg of cocaine base.
- 250 kg marijuana.
- 250 grams mathamphetamine.
- In Drug offenses, schedule 1 and 2 possession is a class 5 felony which can leads to a 10 year imprisonment and a fine of $2500 and it is serious drug offense.
- In Drug offenses, schedule 3 possession is a class 1 misdemeanor, for which a convicted can be sentenced up to a 12 months in jail and #2500 fine.
- In Drug offenses, schedule 4 and 5 possession is a class 2 and 3 misdemeanor, for which the convicted is punishable for up to 6 months imprisonment and fine up to $2500.