California Ketamine Laws

ketamine law in california

Ketamine (also known as “Special K” or “K”) is a considered to be a controlled substance which was initially created to use as a human anesthetic. Nowadays, it is still used for these purposes for children, persons of poor health, and in veterinary medicine. Ketamine separates perception from sensation that is why it is classified as «dissociative anesthetics like laughing gas. The effects of ketamine depend on the doses. Higher doses provoke hallucinogenic effect, the user starts feeling far away from his body. Nonetheless, ketamine can result psychological dependence. The user should know that “K” can never be used intravenously. Ketamine is produced commercially as a powder or liquid. Powdered ketamine is cut into lines known as bumps and snorted, or it is smoked—typically in marijuana or tobacco cigarettes. Liquid ketamine is injected or ingested after being mixed into drinks.

Manufacture, possession and use of controlled substances in the USA is regulated by “Controlled Substances Act”. Pursuant to classification given in the act, the ketamine is listed in the Schedule III. It means that the ketamine:

  • Has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II,
  • Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,
  • Abuse of the controlled substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.

Ketamine can be used as “club drug” as well. People can try to use such drugs to increase their psychological and physical state at parties, night clubs, bars etc. Generally, ketamine is sold in capsules like “Ecstasy”. However, it has nothing similar to real ecstasy (MDMA). Even more, powdered ketamine can be used as a “date rape” drug. It dissolves rapidly and there is a low risk to be detected.

Ketamine can be used whether legally or illegally. In consequence, there are various laws regulating manufacture, possession, selling and transportation of ketamine. In addition there are various crimes a person can be charged with, if he or she breaks the laws.

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

Crime Penalty
  • Simple possession for personal use of ketamine(California Health & Safety Code 11377(b)(2) HS)
  • Possession of ketamine for sale, or actually selling ketamine (California Health & Safety Code 11379.2 HS)
  • Incarceration up to six (6) months in a county jail
  • Incarceration up to six (6) months in a county jail up to one (1) year in county jail (misdemeanor)
    b) Incarceration up to six (6) months in a county jail up to three (3) years in state prison (felony)

Moreover, YOU CAN BE ELIGIBLE for various California drug diversion programs. It is a possibility to face treatment and education programs instead of jail time and a criminal record for nonviolent offences. If you are California ketamine 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 ARE CHARGED WITH CALIFORNIA’s KETAMINE RELATED CRIME, we will help you to understand the various aspects of your case. We are ready to provide answers to your initial questions concerning charges in California for free. We will do our best in order to obtain the best possible outcome for you. Do not hesitate to contact us!

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