Colorado is looking to decrease incarceration rates by making personal drug possession in Colorado a misdemeanor offense. On March 1, 2020, a new law went into effect in Colorado making possession of 4 grams or less of most Schedule 1 and 2 drugs a misdemeanor offense rather than a felony. However, under the new law, possession of any amount of GHB and other “date rape” drugs will remain a level 4 drug felony. The goal of the law is to reduce incarceration for those caught with drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Schedule 1 drugs have a high potential for abuse and dependency and have no accepted medical use even under medical supervision. Schedule 1 drugs include cocaine, heroin, LSD, peyote, methaqualone, and ecstasy. Schedule 2 drugs have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence, but these drugs are considered to have medical value. Schedule 2 drugs include oxycodone, opium, codeine, morphine, hydromorphone, methadone, Demerol, and fentanyl.
- February 13, 2020
- Drug Charges