Drug Offenses

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In Maryland, as in every other state in the United States, it is illegal to possess, use, manufacture or distribute controlled dangerous substances, such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and heroin. Drug possession laws vary according to drug type, amount, and geographic area of the offense. Possession of small quantities may be deemed "simple" possession, while possession of large amounts may result in a charge of presumed "possession with intent to distribute."

Drug cultivation and manufacturing laws make it a crime to

  1. grow, produce, and possess certain plants and other naturally occurring elements used in the production of unlawful controlled substances, such as cannabis seeds and marijuana plants.
  2. produce illegal controlled substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, and Ecstasy.

Drug distribution/trafficking laws penalize the selling, transportation, and illegal import into the United States of unlawful controlled substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, "club drugs," and heroin.

Federal and state drug distribution/trafficking laws and punishments vary according to drug type, amount, and geographic area of distribution. Drug distribution/trafficking laws can implicate a single individual or a broad ring of people involved in organized illegal drug activity. Christopher J. Drewniak frequently defends clients who have been charged with drug offenses, including offenses involving marijuana, cocaine, crack, and heroin.