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Drugs can be divided into two categories: drugs that are illegal in almost every situation and drugs that have a legitimate legal purpose, usually requiring a prescription.
Illegal drugs include cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. (Although there is a so-called "medical marijuana" in some states, Federal and Illinois law does not provide for it.)
There are many other illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, LSD, ecstasy, PCP. The list of illegal drugs is too long to address here, but our office has experience defending charges involving many less commonly seen drugs.
Many illegal or controlled drugs are listed on three Schedules. Schedule I, II, and III list dozens of drugs that are illegal to possess, either entirely or without a prescription.
They usually list the chemical name, in most cases, so a person caught with a brand name prescription drug will need to know what the chemical name is. For example, a person arrested for possession of GHB or the "date rape drug" without a prescription will be charged with possession of gamma hydroxybutyric acid a schedule I drug. The schedules can be found at 720 ILCS 570/204, 205 and 206.
Some individuals make the mistake of thinking that if they sell "fake" drugs it is not illegal, or won't be treated seriously. This is not true. Delivery of a look-alike substance is a Class 3 felony, punishable by 2 to 5 years in prison under Illinois law. 720 ILCS 570/404 (b).