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What Drugs Are Illegal in California?

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There are several types of drugs that can be considered illegal in California. This includes drugs that are illegal under any circumstances and drugs that are only legal if you have a prescription. Even marijuana, which is legal in the state, has several laws regarding possession, use, purchase, selling, and transportation.

Illegal Drugs in California: What You Need to Know

With recent law changes in the past few years, you may be wondering what drugs are illegal in California. First, here are a list of drugs that are legal in California as long as they are legally purchased, possessed, sold, used, and transported:

  • Over-the-counter drugs
  • Prescription drugs (with a lawful and valid prescription)
  • Marijuana

The following are drugs that are illegal in California:

  • Schedule I Drugs – Opiates, which are painkillers, are the most common Schedule I drug. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, peyote, Methaqualone, and ecstasy (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine).
  • Schedule II Drugs – Examples of Schedule II drugs include cocaine, meth, Dilaudid (hydromorphone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), and OxyContin (oxycodone).

Other drugs that are illegal in California, especially if possessed in large quantities, include codeine, benzphetamine, and barbital.

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