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​​​​​​​What Is a Drug Crime?

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What Is a Drug Crime?
A drug crime is a violation of state or federal drug laws. The difference between a legal and illegal drug is the way it is used. For example, some states have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, but others still require a prescription for medicinal use.

Drug crimes typically include:

Possession: Drug possession is the most common drug charge and requires the individual to knowingly and intentionally possess a drug without a valid prescription, and in an amount that would be for sale or personal use.

Manufacture: Drug manufacturing involves creating a synthetic chemical substance or extracting a natural drug. Manufacturing also includes the packaging of a drug.

Use: This means a person consumed or took an illegal drug. A drug is usually illegal if there is no prescription from a doctor.

Distribution: This includes the sale, smuggling, or delivery of an illegal substance.

Different Types of Illegal Drugs

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. A recent survey reveals that nearly 15 million people abuse marijuana. Marijuana laws vary greatly between the states. A number of states have recently allowed for the medical or even recreational use of marijuana. Other commonly abused drugs include:

Cocaine
Heroin
Methamphetamine
Ecstasy
PCP

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