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Legal Sanctions

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) requires publication of the description of the applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, or local law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol.

The North Carolina Controlled Substances Act (G.S. 90-86) may be found in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book or on the Internet at: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/Statutes/Statutes.asp

Similar to the Federal Controlled Substance Act (1970), the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act (G.S. 90-86) defines controlled substances and places them into one of six categories called "schedules."  The placement of a controlled substance into a schedule is determined by a set of defined criteria that evaluate the substance's potential for abuse, medical use, and safety or dependence liabilities.  Minimum punishments for violations may also be found in the Act.