Understanding how a controlled dangerous substance (CDB) is classified in Arizona is essential. A "dangerous drug" is a substance that can alter your perception or cause you to hallucinate. These drugs come in various forms, such as a powder or pill, and go by different names. Some of these drugs are illegal because they can be dangerous and harmful. ARS 13-3401(20) lists over 100 drugs classified as "narcotics."
Here are the classifications of controlled dangerous substances (CDB) in Arizona:
- Prescription drugs
- Dangerous drugs
- Substances that emit toxic vapors
In Arizona, marijuana possession generally falls under less severe drug possession charges. However, marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance which makes illegal possession of marijuana considered a felony.
How Does Arizona Determine Drug Possession?
Under Arizona law, it is illegal for a person to possess or use a controlled, dangerous substance knowingly. There are several ways you can be charged with drug possession, for example:
- Physical Possession - Physically having or using drugs.
- Constructive Possession - Having the drugs in possession, such as in a dresser or a location you have control over.
- Shared Possession - Physically possessing the drugs with someone close in relation, such as a spouse or roommate.
Types of Drug Possession Charges
Drug Possession Charges are separated into two forms: simple possession and possession with the intent to distribute.
- Simple possession involves possessing the drug quantity in or under the "threshold level."
- When the threshold level is met, it creates a presumption of sales and is considered "possession with the intent to distribute."