Possession of Schedule V drugs
April 28th, 2023
Louisiana has five Controlled Dangerous Substances categories based on the type of substance and its use.
What is a Schedule V drug
Schedule V drugs are narcotic drugs combined with non-narcotic medicinal ingredients. Only around 13 are listed; the most common I deal with is cough medicines combined with codeine.
Penalties for manufacturing and distributing Schedule V drugs
The penalty for producing, manufacturing, or possessing with the intent to distribute a Schedule V drug is one to five years of hard labor and up to a $5,000 fine.
Penalties for possession of Schedule V drugs
The penalty for possession of Schedule V drugs is one to five years of hard labor and up to a $5000 fine.
Keep in mind the laws and interpretations are continually changing. The above references laws in effect as of 2023 outlined in LSA R.S. 40:970. As rulings come down from different courts and jurisdictions, these rules are apt to change.
If you or someone you know has a question about possession of a Schedule I drug and wants to discuss the process and defenses, do not hesitate to contact the law office of Larrion L. Hillman at 318-549-9810. This blog is not intended as legal advice, nor does it form an attorney-client relationship. Larrion Hillman practices criminal defense in Caddo Parish, Webster Parish, Bossier Parish, Shreveport, and Bossier City, Louisiana. And remember, keep calm and let Hillman handle it.