Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in the United States. Although some states have passed laws making marijuana legal as a medication, under federal law, marijuana in all cases is an illegal schedule I substance.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) labels Schedule 1 drugs, as having "a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence." In addition, schedule I drugs "have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and therefore may not be prescribed, administered, or dispensed for medical use."

In addition to marijuana, examples of other drugs listed under schedule I include heroin, LSD, peyote, methaqualone, and ecstasy.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which administers the Controlled Substances Act, lists five schedules of controlled substances. In contrast to schedule I drugs, schedule II through V drugs have some accepted medical use and may be prescribed, administered, or dispensed for medical use.

This discrepancy between federal and state laws regarding marijuana puts you in an ambiguous situation if you face criminal charges. It is essential to have a lawyer for your defense if you are caught using, growing, or distributing marijuana.

Experienced Drug Crimes Lawyer

Criminal defense attorney David M. Dudley, is highly experienced in both federal and state laws regarding illegal substances such as marijuana. In more than 25 years of practice, he has defended hundreds of clients facing criminal charges for marijuana possession, cultivation and distribution. He has defended against serious drug trafficking charges involving as much as 50 tons of marijuana.

If you are facing federal drug charges involving marijuana and/or other drugs, contact Mr. Dudley today.