California Ecstasy Laws

exctasy laws in california

Ecstasy (also known as MDMA or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) belongs to a family of drugs called “entactogens”(“touching within”). MDA, MDE and MBDB are the other drugs in this category.

Until 1985, it was legal and psychiatrists used it as a therapeutic tool. Ecstasy does not provide hallucinations. However, it relaxes and brings to euphoric state. The users witness that even the peak they act consciously and it is possible to cope with deals at this time. Ecstasy enhances mutual understanding, empathy and accepting of others.

It is widespread to purchase ecstasy in the “black market” where it contains other drugs as well, such as:

Ecstasy also can be used as “club drug” (also known as “rave drugs”). Thus, ecstasy is used as recreational drugs which are associated with parties, discotheques, concerts, bars etc. Ecstasy, as other recreational drugs, can decrease or eliminate negative perception of life aspects, make life very pleasant and provoke emotional warmth. MDMA can play a role of anti-depressant because it emits the brain chemical serotonin. It is not addictive drug and permanent use of this controlled substance makes lose its effects.

Manufacture, possession and use of controlled substances in the USA is regulated by “Controlled Substances Act”. Ecstasy is classified in the Schedule I of the Act. It means that:

  • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse
  • The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States
  • There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

In the table below you can find the list of the most common California ecstasy crimes as well as punishments for them.

Crime Penalty
  • Simple possession for personal use of ecstasy (California Health & Safety Code 11377 HS)
  • Possession of ecstasy for sale, or actually purchase of ecstasy (California Health & Safety Code 11378 HS)
  • Selling, distributing, importing or transporting(even for personal use) (California Health & Safety Code 11379(b))
  • It can be qualified both as a misdemeanor and as a felony and a person can face sentencing up to three (3) years in state prison
  • Incarceration up to three (3) years in state prison
  • Incarceration of up to nine (9) years in state prison

If you or your family members are charged with California’s ecstasy crime, do not desperate. YOU CAN BE ELIGIBLE for various California drug diversion programs. In this case, you will face treatment and education programs instead of jail time and a criminal record for nonviolent offences. If you are California ecstasy laws offender, you can benefit from the following programs depending on the particularities of your case:

The Margarian Law Firm aggressively protects the rights of criminal defendants in California.  If you have faced accusations of California’s ecstasy related crimes, it is essential to contact an experienced California defense attorney who is willing to provide legal assistance, we handle every aspect of your case, from the very start through the very last court hearing, all for a flat fee agreed upon before we begin.

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