Drug Possession

Drug possession, as a crime, is difficult to discuss because there is little standardization across the globe or within the United States on what constitutes illegal substances. For instance, Denmark has criminalized very few substances taken for recreation; the list of illegal substances for possession in England differs from that found in the United States; and within the United States, some states allow marijuana possession and use for recreation whereas others do not. This entry defers to the U.S. drug possession criminal code. According to Title 21 U.S. Code Controlled Substance Act, unlawful drug possession occurs when a person knowingly and intentionally possesses a controlled substance that was not provided to the person directly or in pursuit of a valid prescription order. The substance and/or ...

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