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What federal drug schedule is meth in?

In federal drug law, drugs are split up into five different categories, called schedules, based on how dangerous they are determined to be. The two main criteria used in determining a drug's dangerousness for the sake of assigning it to a federal drug schedule are how big the drug's abuse/dependency risk is and whether there are acceptable medical uses for the drug.

What schedule does federal law place methamphetamine in? Meth is a Schedule II drug under federal law. Schedule II drugs are deemed to have a high dependency/abuse risk. Schedule II is the second most severe classification a drug can be given under federal law. The most severe is Schedule I; drugs in that class are considered to have the highest level of danger associated with them.

Given methamphetamine's Schedule II classification, it is not surprising that the penalties for committing federal drug crimes involving methamphetamine can be quite large.

For example, generally, if a person is found guilty of a first offense of federal drug trafficking of 5 to 49 grams of pure methamphetamine or 50 to 499 grams of a methamphetamine mixture, they face a prison sentence of 5 to 40 years and can be fined up to $5 million. The penalties increase if the person trafficked more than the above-mentioned amounts, if the offense is a repeat offense or if the trafficking resulted in bodily injury or death.

Thus, a lot can be at risk for a person if they are accused of committing federal methamphetamine crimes. Thus, those facing federal charges for crimes involving methamphetamine or other drugs may want to talk with a skilled defense attorney about what their rights are and what they could do to fight the charges brought against them.

Sources: Drug Enforcement Administration, "Drug Scheduling," Accessed Feb. 20, 2015

Drug Enforcement Administration, "Federal Trafficking Penalties," Accessed Feb. 20, 2015

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