Each state has laws barring the possession, manufacture, and distribution of illegal drugs.
Typically, the quantity and the kind of drug are two key factors when determining the severity of the charge.
If you have an arrest on your record for possession of illegal drugs or have a charge for any other drug crime, you’re going to need the help of an attorney who understands how judges prosecute the charges and legitimate defenses against them.
Cowboy Country Criminal Defense understands how drug charges can impact your future and wreck opportunities down the road. Let us handle your case.
We can help you get the best possible result—an outcome that you can live with.
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How Wyoming Handles Drug Possession Charges
Wyoming considers drugs “controlled dangerous substances”.
The categorization is according to “schedule”.
Schedule I drugs are the most “dangerous” while Schedule V drugs are the least dangerous.
In other words, they are reduced in severity the higher the schedule of the drug is.
This may not be true of the drug itself, but it is certainly true of the potential penalties one can face.
It is also true that the schedule can be reduced based on the quantity.
Wyoming’s drug laws are clunky, outdated, and esoteric. It is important to have a lawyer handle your drug charges case.
Schedule I Drugs
Schedule I drugs are those that the state of Wyoming feels to have a high potential for abuse and no medical value whatsoever.
Unfortunately, marijuana is still a Schedule I drug.
A list of Schedule I drugs is in W.S. § 35-7-1014.
In Schedule I, you will find drugs like:
- Opiates and opioid derivatives, including heroin;
- Hallucinogenic drugs including LSD, PCP, bath salts, marijuana, and psilocybin;
- Stimulants such as certain synthetic amphetamines; and
- Depressants such as quaaludes and barbiturates.
Schedule II Drugs
Schedule II drugs are those that have a high risk of abuse but do have some medical value.
Mystically, methamphetamine is on this list because there are around 1000 people nationwide who have prescriptions for the substance.
Schedule II drugs are in W.S. § 35-7-1016.
Schedule II drugs include:
- Raw opiate derivatives like morphine, codeine, and opium;
- Stimulants like methamphetamine; and
- Depressants like pentobarbital.
Schedule III Drugs
Schedule III drugs are in W.S. § 35-7-1018. These, in addition to lower grade narcotics, stimulants, and depressants include anabolic steroids.
Schedule IV drugs can be found in W.S. § 35-7-1020.
It’s important to understand that many of the drugs listed will be pharmaceutical drugs that are possessed without a proper prescription.
Schedule V drugs can be found in W.S. § 35-7-1022.
Possession of Marijuana in Wyoming
Wyoming has not legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.
Those that possess cards in other states can still be charged with Schedule I possession in Wyoming.
Although it isn’t fair, that is the law.
Since federal law also forbids the possession of marijuana, defendants have little recourse.
Talk to a Wyoming Drug Charge Lawyer
Despite the stiff penalties for possession, defendants may have options at their disposal.
Wyoming does not want to see those who have addiction problems placed in prison.
There may be options for treatment as well.
A Wyoming criminal defense attorney can help. Contact Cowboy Country Criminal Defense to set up an appointment today.