Chapter 893 of the Florida States Statutes deals with drug crime and abuse. In its various sections, it addresses illegal actions regarding the creation and distribution of controlled substances. In this chapter, they are listed in five schedules in section 893.03.
-Schedule I has a high potential for abuse. They currently have no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
-Schedule II has a high potential for abuse and has a currently accepted but extremely restricted medical use in treatment in the US.
-Schedule III has a potential for abuse less than the substances in I and II. They currently have accepted medical use in treatment in the US.
-Schedule IV has a low potential for abuse relative to III and has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US.
-Schedule V has the lowest potential for abuse and is also accepted in medical use treatment in the US.
These schedules are the legal standard for the way drugs are classified. It is the goal of a drug crime prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it was a controlled substance. They will also need to prove that the party intended on manufacturing or distributing said controlled substance.
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