The Sale of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS)—Penalties

The Five Categories of Controlled Dangerous Substances

The Sale of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS)—PenaltiesIn the state of Maryland, by statute, controlled dangerous substances fall into five different categories, based on the likelihood of abuse and addiction, as well as the recognized medical value. Those drugs with the least medical value and greatest potential for addiction or abuse are found on Schedule I. Schedules II-V contain those controlled substances that have greater medical use and less risk. As a general rule, the penalties are assessed according to the type of CDS involved.

The Different Potential Penalties for Sale of a CDS

Conviction for the sale of a CDS in Maryland can result in the following consequences:

  • Schedule I and II drugs—
    • First conviction— A fine of up to $25,000 and incarceration for up to 5 years, or both
    • Second conviction—$100,000 fine or 10 years of incarceration, or both
    • Third conviction—$100,000 fine or 25 years in prison, or both
    • Fourth conviction—$100,000 fine or 40 years in prison, or both
  • Schedule III, IV, and V substances—
    • First conviction—A fine of up to $15,000 or up to five years in prison, or both
    • All subsequent convictions—$15,000 fine and additional five years in prison, or both

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