Generally, controlled substances refer to substances that are tightly controlled by the government. This is because they may be abused or cause addiction/dependence. Controlled substances include commonly prescribed medications such as Vicodin, Xanax, Adderall and many more.
Controlled substance drug schedules
Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1971, controlled substances are divided into five schedules by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Schedule I controlled substances are defined as being illegal on all levels federally and have a “high” potential for abuse, schedule V controlled substances are federally legal in restricted quantities and have a “low” potential for abuse.
However, the drug schedules have received their fair share of criticism from the public and fellow lawmakers due to “undefined terms.” Additionally, research conducted since 1971 has found several Schedule I substances to have legitimate accepted medical uses and low abuse potential, despite the schedule classification saying otherwise.
Removing cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance
Undoubtedly, the largest movement has been to remove marijuana (“cannabis’) from Schedule I of the CSA. As of now, 22 states have legalized medical cannabis consumption with an additional 11 states having legalized both medical and adult-use cannabis consumption.
In November 2018, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize medical and adult-use cannabis consumption/possession. Recently in June 2019, Illinois became the 11th and latest state to follow suit. It’s safe to say that the attitudes towards cannabis are shifting in a more positive direction among the public and lawmakers.
Experienced legal counsel for controlled substance charges
Our drug crimes attorneys in Michigan are well-versed in all aspects of criminal law. As the law firm with Michigan’s only Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designated by the American Chemical Society, we thoroughly investigate all cases and identify the approach that best suits our clients’ needs.
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Sydney Fairman is the Social Media Marketing Specialist for the Law Offices of Barton Morris and Cannabis Legal Group. While at Central Michigan University, Sydney was an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and held various internships, leadership and part-time positions. These places of employment include the City of Mt. Pleasant, Grand Central Magazine, Mackinac State Historic Parks and WCMU Public Media (PBS). She graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and minor in Journalism. Sydney comes to us after her first position post-college with Gale, a Cengage Company as a Marketing Associate. She possesses a passion for writing, marketing and graphic design and showcases this on the Law Offices of Barton Morris’ website/social media channels, as well as Cannabis Legal Group’s website/social media channels.