Prevention Program Regarding Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Abuse

Standards of Conduct

State law prohibits individuals under 21 years of age from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages.

College policy prohibits all employees (full-time and part-time faculty and staff) and students from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession, ingestion or use of controlled substances or alcohol in the workplace, on College grounds, in College vehicles, at College-related or College-sponsored activities regardless of location or while otherwise on duty. This policy prohibits all employees and students from reporting to work, class or a College activity (including College athletics) while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are permitted only when taken in standard dosage or according to a physician’s prescription.

Notwithstanding these prohibitions on use of drugs or alcohol, the Chancellor is authorized to permit the use, service or consumption of alcohol for persons older than 21 at certain College events.

Employees who receive College funds for travel may not use the funds to buy alcoholic beverages.

For more information on College standards of conduct regarding drugs and alcohol, please see:

  1. Policy VI-LL Policy on Alcohol Usage,
  2. Procedure 3-2, Drug-free Workplace,
  3. the Student Handbook and Code of Student Conduct (applicable to all students) and
  4. the Athletic Handbook (applicable to student athletes).

These publications are available on the College’s website at www.sanjac.edu.

Substance Abuse Prevention Policy

The policy of the San Jacinto Community College District is to provide all students and employees with an environment that is free of substance abuse. The illegal use of controlled substances on College campuses subjects the College, its students and employees to unacceptable risks of injury, interferes with the learning and working environments, and is inconsistent with the behavior expected of persons associated with the College.

The College firmly supports remedial assistance and, when necessary, disciplinary action for those individuals who violate conduct expectations, including those related to the use, possession, distribution or possession for purposes of distribution, of any controlled substances or illegal drugs on College property or at College-sponsored activities at off-campus locations.

Law enforcement officers are supported by the College to ensure compliance with all laws including those relating to alcohol and to the use, abuse, possession or distribution of controlled substances or illegal drugs.

Health Risks

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is a primary and continuous depressant of the central nervous system. Impairment of judgment and of recently learned, complex and finely tuned skills begins to occur at blood alcohol concentrations as low as 0.025 percent. These impairments are followed by the loss of more primitive skills and functions, such as gross motor control and orientation at concentrations in excess of 0.05 percent. Alcohol in moderate doses impairs nearly every aspect of information processing, including the ability to abstract and conceptualize, the ability to use large numbers of situational cues presented simultaneously and the cognitive ability to determine meaning from incoming information. Alcohol consumption can therefore promote action on impulse without full appreciation of, or concern about, the potential negative consequences of such action.

Chronic long-term effects of heavy drinking over a period of years can result in brain damage, cancer of the mouth, esophagus or stomach, heart disease, liver damage resulting in cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis and cancer of the liver, peptic ulcer disease and possible damage of the adrenal and pituitary glands. Prolonged, excessive drinking can shorten life-span by 10-12 years.

Illicit Drugs

Illicit drugs include narcotics, such as heroin or morphine; depressants, such as barbiturates, Quaaludes, or Valium; stimulants, such as cocaine or “crack”; hallucinogens, such as PCP, LSD, or mescaline; cannabis such as marijuana or hashish; inhalants, such as nitrous oxide, amyl nitrate (poppers) or various hydrocarbon solvents; and designer drugs, such as China White, methamphetamine (Ecstasy) or meperidine (Demerol).

  • Narcotics: Narcotics initially produce a feeling of euphoria that is often followed by drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. Tolerance may develop rapidly and dependence is likely. The use of contaminated syringes may result in diseases such as AIDS, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart) and hepatitis.
  • Depressants: The effects of depressants are in many ways similar to the effects of alcohol. Small amounts can produce calmness and relaxed muscles, but a somewhat larger dose can cause slurred speech, ataxia or unstable gait and altered perception. Very large doses can cause respiratory depression, coma and death. The combination of depressants and alcohol can multiply the effects of the drugs, thereby multiplying the risks. The use of depressants can cause both physical and psychological dependence.
  • Stimulants: Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system. Its immediate effects include dilated pupils; elevated blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate; and body temperature. Occasional use can cause a stuffy or runny nose, while chronic use can ulcerate the mucous membrane of the nose with long-term use eroding the nasal septum. The injection of cocaine with unsterile equipment can cause AIDS, hepatitis and other diseases. Preparation of freebase, which involves the use of volatile solvents, can result in death or injury from fire or explosion. Cocaine can produce psychological and physical dependency. In addition, tolerance develops rapidly. Crack or freebase rock is extremely addictive. The physical effects include dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, tactile hallucinations, paranoia and seizures. Overdoses occur easily.
  • Hallucinogens: Phencyclidine (PCP) users frequently report a sense of distance and estrangement. Time and body movement are slowed down. Muscular coordination worsens and senses are dulled. Speech is blocked and incoherent. Chronic PCP users report persistent memory problems and speech difficulties. Mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and violent behavior, may also occur. In late stages of chronic use, users often exhibit paranoid and violent behavior and experience hallucinations. Large doses may produce convulsions and coma, heart failure, lung problems and/or ruptured blood vessels in the brain. Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The physical effects may include dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of appetite, sleeplessness and tremors. Sensations and feelings may change rapidly. It is common to have a bad psychological reaction to LSD, mescaline and psilocybin. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety and loss of control. Delayed effects or flashbacks can occur even after use has ceased.
  • Marijuana/Cannabis: The short term effects of marijuana include distortion of time perception, increased heart rate, dilation of blood vessels and loss of short term memory. Also decreased are visual perception and psychomotor skills, which have adverse effects on driving ability. The effects of long term use include loss of motivation, chronic bronchitis, decreased vital lung capacity and an increased risk of lung cancer. Tolerance and psychological dependence do develop with marijuana.
  • Inhalants: The chemicals in most inhalants are rapidly absorbed in the lungs and exert their central nervous system effects within seconds, producing an altered mental state for about five to fifteen minutes. Immediate effects of inhalants include nausea, sneezing, coughing, nose bleeds, fatigue, lack of coordination and loss of appetite. Solvents and aerosol sprays can decrease the heart and respiratory rates and impair judgment. Amyl and butyl nitrate can cause rapid pulse, headaches and involuntary passing of urine and feces.

    Inhalation of toluene as well as other hydrocarbons has been associated with kidney and liver damage, peripheral nerve problems, convulsions, encephalopathy (organ brain damage) and other central nervous system disorders. Sudden death associated with both glue sniffing and especially the inhalation of aerosols containing halogenated hydrocarbons (Freon) has been reported and is thought to be secondary to cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal electrical conduction patterns in the heart.)
  • Designer Drugs and other Drugs of Concern: Designer drugs are synthetic chemical modifications of older drugs of abuse that are designed and manufactured in covert laboratories and sold at great profit for recreational use. These drugs can be several hundred to several thousand times stronger than the drugs they are designed to imitate. Designer drugs similar to opiates include fentanyl, Demerol, and “China White.” The narcotic analogs of designer drugs can cause symptoms such as those seen in Parkinson’s disease-uncontrollable tremors, drooling, impaired speech, paralysis and irreversible brain damage. Analogs of amphetamines and methamphetamine cause blurred vision, chills or sweating and faintness. Psychological effects include anxiety, irritability, depression and paranoia. Withdrawal problems include sweating, diarrhea, fever, insomnia, irritability, nausea and vomiting and muscle and joint pain.

Some substances are not currently controlled by the Controlled Substances Act but still pose risk to individuals who abuse them. The drugs include but are not limited to bath salts or designer cathinones (synthetic stimulants), DXM (a cough suppressor), and Salvia Divinorum (an herb abused for its hallucinogenic effects). Use of synthetic stimulants may cause agitation, insomnia, irritability, dizziness, depression, paranoia, delusions, suicidal thoughts, seizures or panic attacks. Use of DXM may cause confusion, agitation, paranoia or hallucinations. Over-the-counter products that contain DXM often contain other ingredients that have their own effects, such as liver damage, rapid heart rate, lack of coordination, vomiting, seizures or coma. Use of salvia divinorum may cause loss of coordination, dizziness or slurred speech.

Anabolic Steroids and Growth Hormones

Anabolic steroids and growth hormones are for medical use only. State law prohibits the possession, dispensing, delivery or administering of an anabolic steroid or growth hormone in any manner not allowed by state law.

State law provides that bodybuilding, muscle enhancement or increasing muscle bulk or strength through the use of an anabolic steroid by a person who is in good health is not a valid medical purpose. Only a medical doctor may prescribe an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone for a person. A violation of state law concerning anabolic steroids or human growth hormones is a criminal offense punishable by confinement in jail or imprisonment in the Texas Department of Corrections.

Disciplinary and Legal Sanctions

Students, regardless of age, determined to be in violation of College regulations pertaining to controlled substances, including alcohol, are subject to severe disciplinary penalties, including permanent suspension from the College. When such violations also constitute violations of public law, charges also may be filed by the College for prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Convictions under public law are punishable by fines, imprisonment or both.

This notice is provided in accordance with the provisions of H.B. 1507, 71st Legislature, State of Texas.

Commonly Abused Drugs

Depressants

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid Sodium Oxybate, Xyrem: GHB, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X Reduced anxiety, feeling of well-being, lowered inhibitions, slowed pulse and breathing, lowered blood pressure, poor concentration/ fatigue, confusion, impaired coordination, memory of events, judgment; addiction, slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior, respiratory depression and arrest; death
Benzodiazepines Ativan®, Halcion®, Librium® Valium®, Klonopin®, Xanax®, Restoril®: candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks, Rohypnol: (forget-me pill, R-2, roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies) Reduced anxiety, feeling of well-being, lowered inhibitions, slowed pulse and breathing, lowered blood pressure, poor concentration/ fatigue, confusion, impaired coordination, memory of events, judgment; addiction, slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior, respiratory depression and arrest; death
Barbiturates Amytal®, Nembutal®, Seconal®, Phenobarbital®: barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets Reduced anxiety, feeling of well-being, lowered inhibitions, slowed pulse and breathing, lowered blood pressure, poor concentration/ fatigue, confusion, impaired coordination, memory of events, judgment; addiction, slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior, respiratory depression and arrest; death
Alcohol Beer, wine, liquor Reduced anxiety, feeling of well-being, lowered inhibitions, slowed pulse and breathing, lowered blood pressure, poor concentration/ fatigue, confusion, impaired coordination, memory of events, judgment; addiction, slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior, respiratory depression and arrest; death

Stimulants

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Cocaine Blow, bump, coke, crack, flake, rock, snow, toot Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness / rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, nausea, euphoria
Amphetamine Adderall®, Dexedrine®: bennies, black beauties, crosses, hearts, LA turnaround, speed, truck drivers, uppers Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness / rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, nausea, euphoria
Methamphetamine Desoxyn®: chalk, crank, crystal, fire, glass, ice, meth, speed Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness / rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, nausea, euphoria
Nicotine Tobacco, cigarettes, dip, second-hand smoke Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness / rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, nausea, euphoria
Caffeine NoDoz®, Vivarin®: RedBull, coffee, tea, colas, chocolates Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness / rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, nausea, euphoria

Opioids (Narcotics)

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Codeine Acetaminophen, Guaifenesin or Promethazine w/ Codeine, Robitussin A-C®, syrup, lean, purple stuff, syzurp, drank, barre, purple jelly, Captain Cody, Cody, schoolboy Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death
Fentanyl Actiq®, Duragesic®, Sublimaze®: Apache, China girl, China white, dance fever, jackpot, murder 8, TNT, Tango and Cash Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death
Heroin Diacetylmorphine: brown sugar, dope, H, horse, junk, skag, skunk, smack, white horse Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death
Morphine MS-Contin, Roxano®l, Oramorph SR®, MSIR®, Roxanol®, Duramorph®: M, Miss Emma, monkey, white stuff Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death
Opium Laudanum, Paregoric®: big O, black stuff, block, gum, hop Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death
Oxycodone Oxycodone w/Acetaminophen, OxyContin®, Endocet®, Percocet®, Percodan®, Roxicet®: Oxy, O.C., killer Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death
Hydrocodone Hydrocodone w/Acetaminophen, Vicodin®, Vicoprofen®, Tussionex®, Lortab®, vike, Watson-387 Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death
Hydromorphone Dilaudid® Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, constricted pupils, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death

Cannabinoids

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Marijuana Blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, joints, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, sinsemilla, skunk, weed, Boom, chronic, gangster, hash, hash oil, hemp, wet Euphoria, slowed thinking and reaction time, confusion, impaired balance and coordination / cough, frequent respiratory infections; impaired memory and learning; increased heart rate, anxiety, panic attacks; tolerance, addiction

Hallucinogens

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Lysergic acid diethylamide Acid, blotter, boomers, cubes, microdot, yellow sunshine Heightened senses, teeth grinding, dehydration, altered states of perception and feeling; nausea; persisting perception disorder (flashbacks)
Phencyclidine PCP, angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill Heightened senses, teeth grinding, dehydration, altered states of perception and feeling; nausea; persisting perception disorder (flashbacks)
MDMA (methylenedioxy – methamphetamine) DOB, DOM, MDA, Adam, clarity, ecstasy, Eve, lover’s speed, peace, STP, X, XTC Heightened senses, teeth grinding, dehydration, altered states of perception and feeling; nausea; persisting perception disorder (flashbacks)
Ketamine Ketalar®: cat Valiums, K, Special K, vitamin K Heightened senses, teeth grinding, dehydration, altered states of perception and feeling; nausea; persisting perception disorder (flashbacks)

Inhalants

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Amyl and Butyl Nitrite Pearls, Poppers, Rush, Locker Room Stimulation, loss of inhibition; headache; nausea or vomiting; slurred speech, loss of motor coordination; wheezing / unconsciousness, cramps, weight loss, muscle weakness, depression, memory impairment, damage to cardiovascular and nervous systems, sudden death
Nitrous Oxide Laughing gas, balloons, Whippets Stimulation, loss of inhibition; headache; nausea or vomiting; slurred speech, loss of motor coordination; wheezing / unconsciousness, cramps, weight loss, muscle weakness, depression, memory impairment, damage to cardiovascular and nervous systems, sudden death
Solvents Adhesives, spray paint, hair spray, dry cleaning fluid, spot remover, lighter fluid, paint thinners, gasoline, glues Stimulation, loss of inhibition; headache; nausea or vomiting; slurred speech, loss of motor coordination; wheezing / unconsciousness, cramps, weight loss, muscle weakness, depression, memory impairment, damage to cardiovascular and nervous systems, sudden death

Other Compounds

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Anabolic steroids Anadrol®, Oxandrin®, Durabolin®, Depo- Testosterone®, Equipoise®: roids, juice No intoxication effects / hypertension, blood clotting and cholesterol changes, liver cysts and cancer, kidney cancer, hostility and aggression, acne; in adolescents, premature stoppage of growth; in males, prostate cancer, reduced sperm production, shrunken testicles, breast enlargement; in females, menstrual irregularities, development of beard and other masculine characteristics
Dextromethrophan Found in some cough and cold medications; Dex, DXM, Robo, Skittles, Syrup, Triple-C, and Tussin. Terms for using dextromethorphan include: Robotripping, and Skittling, among others Confusion, dizziness, double or blurred vision, slurred speech, loss of physical coordination, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, numbness of fingers and toes and disorientation. DXM abusers describe different “plateaus” ranging from mild distortions of color and sound to visual hallucinations, “out-of-body” dissociative sensations and loss of motor control

College Penalties

Students

General Disciplinary Procedure

Section 3.9 of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the subject of drugs and alcohol. The College will investigate all reported violations and will exercise professional judgment in the imposition of sanctions in accordance with the College’s prescribed disciplinary procedures. Students may receive College sanctions, criminal sanctions or both. Disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to, reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion.

Alcohol

The use, possession or distribution of alcohol by any person, regardless of age, is strictly prohibited on College property. Unlawful alcohol consumption or distribution by students, such as under-age drinking or public intoxication, is likewise prohibited at any official, College-sponsored activity regardless of location.

Controlled Substances

The unlawful use, possession or distribution of controlled substances by any person on College property is strictly prohibited. The College’s policy also applies to students participating in off-campus activities when the activity itself, or the student’s participation, is under the sponsorship of the College or a student organization recognized by the College.

Students determined to be in violation of this regulation are subject to severe disciplinary sanctions which include permanent suspension from the College. When such violations also constitute violations of public law, charges may be filed by the College for prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Under public law, conviction for the unlawful use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.

The penalties described in this handbook are subject to change depending on the adoption of new laws by the Texas Legislature or Congress.

Legal Sanctions and Penalties

A student or employee who violates the College’s alcohol and drug policy may be subject to College discipline as well as to criminal penalties provided by federal, state and local law.

Counseling, Treatment, & Rehabilitation

In recognition of these increasing problems within contemporary society dealing with alcohol and substance abuse, education has been, and will continue to be, the primary focus of the College’s efforts. Providing honest, factual information through organized educational programs will assist individuals in making reasonable decisions regarding the use of chemical substances. This includes information about illegal substances and their effects, and about the establishment of responsible drinking behavior for those who choose to use alcoholic beverages.

Students who desire confidential assistance from the College in dealing with a perceived or possible alcohol or chemical substance abuse problem may self-refer for that assistance by making an appointment with a counselor in the Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion office. Although the College does not conduct treatment or rehabilitation programs, College counselors are equipped to facilitate referrals to appropriately qualified providers of treatment programs.

Resources

General Resources

Bay Area Council on Drug and Alcohol
800-510-3111
bayareacouncilondrugsandalcohol.homestead.com

Residential Treatment and Hospitals

Bay Area Recovery Center
281-337-1343
www.bayarearecovery.com

Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC)
713-939-7272
877-464-7272
www.parc.memorialhermann.org

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous
713-686-6300
www.aahouston.org

Narcotics Anonymous
713-943-1111
www.hascona.com

City of Houston Ordinances

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Possession, provision, sale, barter, production, manufacture or distribution of any illicit synthetic drug Fine not to exceed $2,000
Offering, displaying, marketing or advertising for sale any illicit synthetic drug Fine not to exceed $2,000
Purchasing with the intent to provide, sell, barter, produce, manufacture or distribute any illicit synthetic drug Fine not to exceed $2,000
Failure to publicly display or label herbal incense Fine not to exceed $2,000
Solicitation to purchase or acquire a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, dangerous drug or volatile chemical Fine not less than $100 Fine not to exceed $2,000

Penalties Under Texas Law

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Possession of salvia divinorum Confinement in jail term of six months–20 years and fines from $2,000-$10,000 Confinement in jail term of five-99 years and fine not to exceed $50,000
Manufacturer, delivery or intent to deliver of controlled substance (drugs) Confinement in state jail for 180 days to two years and fine not to exceed $10,000. Life imprisonment or term of 15-99 years and fine not to exceed $250,000.
Possession of controlled substance (drugs) Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000. Life imprisonment or term of 10 to 99 years and fine not to exceed $100,000.
Delivery of marijuana Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or fine not to exceed, $2,000. Life imprisonment or term of 10-99 years and fine not to exceed $100,000.
Possession of marijuana Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or not to exceed $2,000. Life imprisonment or term of five-99 years and fine not to exceed $50,000.
Driving while intoxicated (includes intoxication for drugs and/or alcohol) – does not include assault or manslaughter while driving intoxicated Confinement in jail 72 hours-180 days and/or fine not to exceed $2,000; suspension of driver’s license for 90 days to one year. Imprisonment of two-10 years; fine not to exceed $10,000; suspension of driver’s license for one to two years.
Public intoxication No minimum punishment listed Fine not to exceed $500
Possession of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle No minimum punishment listed Fine not to exceed $500
Purchase, consumption or possession of alcohol by a minor Fine not to exceed $500. Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or fine of $250-$2,000
Sale of alcohol to minor No minimum listed Confinement in jail not to exceed one year and/or fine not to exceed $4,000
Manufacturer, distribution or dispensing drugs (includes marijuana) Imprisonment of not more than one year, and fine of not more than $100,000 for an individual and $250,000 if not an individual. Life imprisonment. Fines can reach $8 million for an individual and $20 million if not an individual.
Possession of drugs (including marijuana) Imprisonment of not more than one year, and minimum fine of $1,000 Imprisonment of five to 20 years; certain offenses can result in fines in excess of $5,000
Operation of a common carrier under the influences of alcohol or drugs No minimum listed Imprisonment for up to 15 years. Fine up to $250,000 for an individual.

Penalties Under Federal Law

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Manufacturer, distribution or dispensing drugs (includes marijuana) Imprisonment of not more than one year, and fine of not more than $100,000 for an individual and $250,000 if not an individual. Life imprisonment. Fines can reach $8 million for an individual and $20 million if not an individual.
Possession of drugs (including marijuana) Imprisonment of not more than one year, and minimum fine of $1,000 Imprisonment of five to 20 years; certain offenses can result in fines in excess of $5,000
Operation of a common carrier under the influences of alcohol or drugs No minimum listed Imprisonment for up to 15 years. Fine up to $250,000 for an individual.