Schedule V Drug Possession in Wisconsin
Heavy Fines & Penalties in Wisconsin Law
Schedule 5 Substances are defined by the DEA and State of Wisconsin as having “lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics.”
Drugs in this schedule may have no risk of abuse by themselves, but are still controlled because they can be used to manufacture more serious narcotics, including methamphetamine. Unauthorized possession of Schedule 5 drugs, especially in large quantities, can result in a class I felony conviction. A class I felony is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 ½ years.
Schedule 5 substances include:
- Cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters
Overview of Wisconsin Statute 961.21: Schedule V tests
Wisconsin Statute 961.21 provides the criteria for classifying a substance as Schedule V. These include:
- A low potential for abuse compared to the controlled substances in schedule IV
- The substance is currently used in medical treatment
- The substance has limited potential for physical or psychological dependence compared to Schedule IV controlled substances
Unauthorized possession of schedule 5 drugs, especially in large quantities, can result in a class I felony conviction. A class I felony is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 ½ years.