Recent Changes to the Texas Controlled Substances Act

Given my interest in drug crimes and defenses, I try to keep up with the modern trends in the law. For those who don’t know, this article by the drug offense lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter provides an excellent explanation of the Controlled Substances Act. The article explains how CSA defines different penalties for various drug convictions. The law sorts different types of drugs into different “penalty groups,” and punishment is determined by the amount of the drug, the penalty group of the drug, and the type of drug offense committed.

To further my understanding of the Controlled Substances Act, I decided to do a little research on some recent changes to the act. The following list is what I discovered:

  • January 5, 2018: FUB-AMB, ortho-fluorofentanyl, tetrahydrofuranyl fentanyl, and methoxyacetyl fentanyl were temporarily added to schedule I classification
  • December 29, 2017: naldemedine was removed from schedule II classification
  • October 20, 2017: acetyl fentanyl was moved from temporary to final schedule I classification
  • September 29, 2017: fentanyl was temporarily added to schedule I classification

I discovered all this information from the Texas Department of State Health Services. While the essential components of the Controlled Substance Act remain the same, I think it is very important to keep up with any modifications. Not only does this make us knowledgeable citizens, but it helps us try to understand what policies the state is trying to push forward.

Drug offense punishment is partially dependent on the type of drug offense committed. The same article I referred to earlier also explains these various types of offenses. According to the article, the more common types of drug offenses include drug possession, drug sales, drug manufacturing or delivery, drug trafficking or distribution, and drug paraphernalia.

If you were unaware, drug paraphernalia charges result when someone is found with possession of an item that is intended to use, conceal, or prepare an illicit drug. These items include glass pipes, bongs, roach holders, razor blades, syringes, and vials. This charge can result in hefty fines and jail time.

Drug possession is not to be confused with drug trafficking. Sometimes, drug possession charges can result in the same penalties as drug trafficking. This rise can occur based on the amount of substance, or if there are any devices or packaging equipment found with the substance. Drug sales charges are very serious. These are often brought forward when the illegal substance is found alongside a gun, an excessive amount of cash, or scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Again, the various types of drug-related offenses are addressed in the Controlled Substances Act. This is a comprehensive law that has undergone many changes over the years. In fact, as I have just explained, the act has changed very recently. It is important to stay up-to-date with these changes and policies. Drug offenses are very common, so knowledge of the CSA is crucial.