Oklahoma Drug Laws
If you or someone you know is involved with drugs in the state of Oklahoma, you may be interested in the state’s laws regarding controlled substances. Oklahoma’s drug laws are detailed in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, part of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Oklahoma Bureau Of Narcotics And Dangerous Drugs
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs enforces the state’s drug laws, with a particular focus on stopping drug trafficking, manufacturing and distribution.
The bureau’s agents have been specially tasked with eliminating marijuana, which is not legal for any use from the state. Recently, however, they have been devoting more resources to halting the increasing manufacture and sale of methamphetamine in Oklahoma.
Marijuana is categorized as a Schedule I substance in Oklahoma. Legally, it is ranked with other drugs that have a high potential for abuse, and is not considered to have any accepted medical uses in the state. Although it is listed as a Schedule I substance, however, possession of marijuana is punishable as a misdemeanor rather than as a felony.
The following actions include some of the illegal undertakings that are more stringently punished, according to Title 63:
- Possessing substances that may be used to manufacture illegal drugs
- Distributing drugs
- Possessing or distributing drugs in school areas or public parks
- Involving children under the age of 12 in drug-related activities
- Drug trafficking, or bringing illegal drugs into the state
Oklahoma courts may oblige first-time offenders to participate in addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs. When individuals successfully complete these required programs, their charges may be dismissed and their records may be expunged.
Oklahoma has a well-developed network of Drug and Mental Health Courts, which offer highly structured rehabilitation programs for convicted drug offenders who struggle with mental illness or addiction.
According to the Department of Corrections, approximately 50 percent of all Oklahoma inmates currently have mental illness or have had mental illness in the past, and 50 percent of all Oklahoma inmates were imprisoned because of crimes linked to substance abuse. The majority of these inmates committed non-violent crimes. These individuals and the community at large are better served when they are able to participate in treatment for addiction, rather than going to jail. Oklahoma runs adult drug courts, as well as drug courts designed especially for veterans, youth, and families.
The rules regarding involuntary commitment are explained in the Mental Health Law, found in Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes. In general, unless a judge orders someone to enter treatment, Oklahomans cannot be forced into treatment for addiction.
Exceptions to this rule include minors under certain circumstances, and individuals who pose an immediate threat to their own safety or the safety of someone else. In all other cases, your best hope is to stage an intervention to help your loved one choose to enter treatment on their own.
For more information about Oklahoma’s laws and legal advice concerning your particular situation, please contact your lawyer.
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