New Jersey Drug Schedules Lawyer

With Offices in Trenton and Pennington

The New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act was passed in 1970. The law regulates the labeling, handling, prescribing, and use of any controlled dangerous substances (CDS) with the potential for abuse. This includes illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. The law also applies to legal prescription drugs. There are five “Schedules” used to classify controlled dangerous substances in New Jersey. The schedules indicate the potential for abuse, with the drugs posing the greatest risk of addiction typically being Schedule I substances. The drug schedules also tend to align with the severity of penalties for illegal possession or distribution.

The criminal defense lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson have more than 40 years of experience defending clients against drug charges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We appear regularly in courtrooms throughout Mercer County, NJ, including Princeton, Hamilton, and Robbinsville. Additionally, our litigation team includes a Certified Trial Attorney and a New Jersey “Super Lawyer,” so you can count on us if your case goes to trial. Call KCR today to discuss your drug possession or distribution charges.

Schedule I Drugs in New Jersey

A Schedule I CDS has high potential for abuse. Additionally, Schedule I substances have no accepted medical use in treatment, or they lack accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision.

Schedule I drugs include: Heroin, Marijuana, and Ecstasy.

Certain drugs remain unscheduled at the federal level but regulated at the state level. For example, Synthetic Marijuana (“Bath Salts”) is not recognized by the federal Controlled Substances Act but has been prohibited by the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. In fact, NJ law classifies Synthetic Marijuana as a Schedule I CDS.

Schedule II Drugs in New Jersey

A Schedule II CDS has a high potential for abuse and can lead to psychic or physical dependence. Although Schedule II substances have some accepted medical uses, their use in treatment is only possible with severe restrictions.

Schedule II drugs include: Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, and Morphine.

Schedule III Drugs in New Jersey

A Schedule III CDS has a potential for abuse that is less than the potential for abuse of Schedule I and II substances. However, Schedule III substances are not entirely safe since they can lead to moderate or low physical dependence, as well as high psychological dependence. Additionally, Schedule III substances have currently accepted medical use in treatment.

Schedule III drugs include: Codeine, Tylenol, and Aspirin.

Schedule IV Drugs in New Jersey

A Schedule IV CDS has low potential for abuse relative to Schedule III substances. However, Schedule IV drugs can still lead to limited physical dependence and limited psychological dependence. Moreover, Schedule IV substances may lead to

Schedule IV drugs include: Xanax, Valium, and Barbiturates.

Schedule V Drugs in New Jersey

A Schedule V CDS has low potential for abuse relative to Schedule IV substances. However, Schedule V substances can still cause limited physical and psychological dependence. Additionally, Schedule V substances have currently accepted medical use in treatment.

Schedule V drugs include: Cough Syrups with Codeine or other higher schedule drugs administered in lower doses.

Free Consultation with a Trenton Marijuana Possession Attorney

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is prepared to assist you with your drug possession or distribution case. We will do what is needed to fight your charges and help you stay out of jail. Call us today to discuss your case over the phone, or email us to schedule a meeting at our offices in Pennington or Trenton.