One look at Ohio’s controlled substance schedule is all it takes to realize how many different kinds of drugs there are. However, the goal of Ohio’s controlled substance schedule is to classify each of these drugs into a different category. In this blog post, we explain why these classifications exist and how they impact drug crimes.
Why Do Lawmakers Classify Drugs?
Lawmakers classify drugs for two main reasons. First, they classify drugs because it makes it easier for those working in the criminal justice system to charge, prosecute, and penalize the accused for their drug crimes.
As an example, suppose someone is accused of possession of heroin. When prosecutors go to charge the accused, instead of worrying about determining the penalties and charges for the specific drug, they can identify the schedule of the drug to determine potential charges against the accused.
Heroin is a Schedule I drug in Ohio, so prosecutors will charge the accused according to the similar Schedule I drug offenses.
It’s important to note that not all drugs in a schedule will result in the schedule’s general penalties and charges. For example, marihuana is a Schedule I drug, but does not result in Schedule I penalties or charges.
The second reason lawmakers classify drugs is to show a drug’s abuse-potential and psychological and/or physical dependence potentials. For example, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and can create severe psychological dependence. On the other hand, Schedule V drugs have the lowest abuse potential of all drugs.
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