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Drugs


Possession of Illegal Substances

Drugs and Possession

It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by the Drug Control Act.

POSSESSION

  • Firstly, Possession of a controlled substance:  It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance. However, the substance is permissible if obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription.
  • In addition, Possession of a controlled substance is punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.
  • VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-250/

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

  • The possession of marihuana is unlawful. However, with a prescription, marijuana can be obtained legally.
  • In fact, possession of marijuana is punishable by up to 30 days jail and/or a $500 fine for first simple possession.  Second offense simple possession marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
  • VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-250.1/

MANUFACTURING/POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL

  • Distribution of a controlled substance:  It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, give, distribute, or possess with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance.
  • In short, distribution is punishable by up to 40 years in prison for a first offense and life in prison for subsequent offenses.
  • http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-250.1/

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