LSD: Legal consequences
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In the United States, there is no legal use for LSD. As a Schedule I drug, it is considered by the U. S. government to have a high abuse potential, no known medical application, and questionable safety.
In the United States, manufacture of LSD first became illegal in 1965. Over the next few years, individual states enacted increasingly stiffer penalties for the manufacture and sale of the drug. In 1968, LSD possession was declared a misdemeanor and its sale a felony. It became a Schedule I drug in 1970. Chemicals used to make LSD, including lysergic acid, ergotamine, and ergonovine, are also controlled substances.
In the United Kingdom, LSD was made illegal in 1966, and medical research with the drug was prohibited in 1973 with passage of the Misuse of Drugs Act. This act listed LSD as a Class A drug, meaning it is not legally available for medical use, and it is illegal to possess or supply it.
Federal guidelines, regulations and penalties
The legal penalties for LSD possession in the United States are severe. Possession of 1 to 9 grams (a dollar bill weighs approximately 1 gram) can lead to a mandatory sentence of five to 40 years in jail and a fine up to $2 million. Sentences are even stiffer for possession of higher doses, for repeated offenses, or for providing LSD that leads to serious injury or death. The most severe LSD-related penalty for an individual is life in prison and up to $8 million in fines.
In the United Kingdom, maximum penalties for LSD-related violations range from seven years imprisonment and a fine for possession, to life imprisonment and a fine for supplying the drug.