Why are drugs like heroin, cocaine and even marijuana illegal? Simple. Drugs are illegal because they get you high. At least that is a big part of the reason. Experienced criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors in Seattle know that drugs are classified according to a number of factors, but that a primary characteristic is their propensity for addiction. Classifications of illegal drugs are called schedules.RCW 69.50.201(a)(1)(i) The greater the addictive propensity the higher illegal drugs are ranked in these schedules.
The Uniform Controlled Substances Act classifies all controlled substances into five schedules, based on their potential for abuse and whether they have accepted medical uses. The State Board of Pharmacy has the authority to add, delete, or reclassify controlled substances. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse, with no accepted medical use in treatment, and lack accepted safety for use in treatment even under medical supervision.