Unlike other states that have multiple laws concerning drug crimes, Mississippi has one that covers the sale, transfer, possession, manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances (drugs).
The law requires intent or knowledge of these processes to gain conviction and breaks these substances into five categories. Those caught with drugs should understand the MS drug crime penalties.
Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and marijuana, while Schedule II drugs are cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, Vicodin and hydromorphone. Schedule III drugs include ketamine, Tylenol with codeine and anabolic steroids, and Schedule IV drugs include Xanax, Ambien, valium and tramadol. Finally, cough medicine with codeine, Lomotil and Lyrica are Schedule V drugs.
Although medical marijuana is legal, recreational marijuana is illegal in Mississippi. Those who possess less than 30g of marijuana can face up to a $250 fine for a first offense. Posession of less than 30 grams in a Motor Vehicle can face up to 90 days in the County Jail and $1,000 in fines. Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana is a felony and the penalties can range from 0 to 40 years in prison and $0 to $1,000,000 in fines depending on the amount and whether it is simple possession or sale/possession with intent.
Schedule I to V penalties
Schedule I and II possession, sale, intent to distribute, manufacture, barter or trade, dispense, etc. of over .1g may result in penalties that range from 0 years to life in prison and $0 to $1,000,000 in fines depending on the amount and whether it is simple possession or sale/possession with intent. Ilegal possession of Schedule III IV and V controlled substances can carry penalties of 0 to 40 years in prison and fines from $0 to $1,000.000 depending on whether it is simple possession or sale/possession with intent.
A subsequent drug offense after a previous conviction can double these penalties, as can possession of a firearm during the course of the offense.
Mississippi takes drug crimes seriously, so those involved should understand the penalties they face.