What is the punishment for possession of a controlled substance in Virginia

Possession of controlled substances is a criminal offense, punishable by the law in Virginia. Unlike most states, Virginia considers marijuana to be a harmful or banned substance as well, dismissing the stance of states like California, who recognize the medicinal use of smoking marijuana.

How to prove the offense?

In order to prove that the accused is indeed in possession of a controlled substance, the prosecutor must prove that the accused:

  • The accused was in possession of illegal or controlled substances
  • The substance found/confiscated on which the accused was charged, was without a doubt a controlled drug
  • The person intended to manufacture or sell or distribute the controlled substance

What is the punishment for possessing controlled substances?

Possession of a controlled substance is amongst the most minor of offenses when it comes to drug-related charges. However, a lot of this is dependent on the type, harmfulness, and addictiveness of a drug.

The most serious offense amongst this is being charged with possession of Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances, which is considered a Class 5 felony, which can land you between one to 10 years in prison and a fine of around $2,500. Considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, being charged with possession of Schedule III can land you a fine of $2,500 and a year of jail time. Possessing Schedule IV controlled substances is a Class 2 felony that can get you six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. Being charged with possession of Schedule V controlled substances in large quantities is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor, and will only get the offender fined for $500.

What is the list of controlled substances?

In order to avoid breaking the drug laws of Virginia and landing yourself a fine and jail time, you must know which drugs fall under the category of controlled substances. Have a look!

Schedule I:

LSD, Acetylmethadol, Alphamethadol, Acetorphine, Acetyldihydrocodeine, Benzylmorphine, Benzethidine, Betameprodine, Betamethadol, Codeine methylbromide, Desomorphine, Dihydromorphine, Drotebanol, Dimenoxadol, Dimepheptanol, Dipipanone, Buphedrone, Methoxetamine, Dimethylone, Dibutylone, Ethylmethylthiambutene, Etorphine, Furethidine, Hydroxypethidine, Heroin, Hydromorphinol, Ketobemidone, Morpheridine, piperidine, Morphine methylbromide, Morphine methylsulfonate, Myrophine, Nicocodeine, Nicomorphine, Normorphine, Normethadone, Norpipanone, Pentanoyl fentanyl, Phenadoxone, Phenampromide, Phenomorphan, Phenoperidine, Proheptazine, Racemoramide, Thebacon, Tilidine, Trimeperidine, Bufotenine, Dimethyltryptamine, Lysergic acid diethylamide, Mescaline, Parahexyl, Peyote, Psilocybin, Psilocyn, Tetrahydrocannabinols, Aminorex, Cathinone, Fenethylline, Methcathinone, Hashish oil, methylone, Ethcathinone, Ethylone, Butylone, Clonazolam, Flubromazolam, Gamma hydroxybutyric acid, Methaqualone.

Schedule II:

cocaine, methamphetamine, Alfenta, Nisentil, Tuinal, Dexedrine, Adderall, Obetrol, PCP, Burgodin, methadone, Wildnil, Methyl benzoylecgonine, Crack, Morphine methyl ester, methyl morphine, Propoxyphene, Parzone, Syndros, Dionin, Duragesic, Oralet, Sublimaze, Innovar, Doriden, Dorimide, Dilaudid, Isoamidone, levomethadyl acetate, Levo-Dromoran, Vyvanse, Demerol, Mepergan, normeperidine, Dolophine, Methadose, Desoxyn, ICE, Concerta, Ritalin, Methylin, Roxanol, Oramorph, Cesamet, Laudanum, Opium, Roxicet, Numorphan, Nembutal, Narphen, PCP, Sernylan, poppy heads, Dromoran, Ultiva, Tuinal, Sufenta.

Schedule III:

Anabolex, Pesomax, Stanolone, Inapetyl, Equipoise, Parenabol, Vebonol, dehydrotestosterone, Butisol, Butibel, Fiorinal, Soneryl, Methosarb, Mecoral, Medodorm, Chloralodol, Lucofen, Apsedon, Desopimon, Voranil, Clostene, Empirin, Fiorinal, Tylenol, Compal, Marinol, Drolban, Masterid, Permastril, Tributane, Maxibolin, Orabolin, Duraboral, Halotestin, Esiclene, Hubernol, Frazalon, Miotolon, Xyrem, Ketaset, Ketalar, LSD, Assimil, Ermalone, Methybol, Tantarone, Androviron, Proviron, Testiwop, Dianabol, Metabolina, Nerobol, Perbolin, Sinesex, Stenediol, Troformone, Oreton, Testred, Virilon, Metribolone, Noludar, Durabolin, Lutenin, Matronal, Paregoric, Anamidol, Oranabol, Winstrol, Lotusate, Teslac, Depotest, Telazol, Delvinal.

Schedule IV:

Ambien, Ivadal, Stilnox, Lunesta, Myolastan, Musaril, Restoril, Meridia, Doral, Centrax, Detaril, Stimolag Fortis, Fastin, Adipex-P, Zantryl, Periclor, Talacen.

Schedule V:

Centroton, Thymergix, Pseudoephedrine, Phenergan with codeine, Robitussin Ac, Airacof, Ambenyl, Ambophen, Calcidrine, CapCof, Codegest Expectorant, Lomanate, Lomotil, Lonox, Lyrica, M-Phen, Myphetane DC, Pedituss, Poly CS, Potiga, Pseudodine C, Zotex-C.