PENALTY GROUPS FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
In Texas, controlled substances are classified into penalty groups based on their potential for abuse, as well as their harmfulness. These penalty groups, which are outlined in the Texas Controlled Substances Act, help the courts determine the penalties for offenses involving illegal controlled substances. Some of the commonly used narcotics from each penalty group are as follows:
Penalty Group I
Cocaine, Codeine, Marijuana, Oxycodone, Opium, Methadone, Ketamine, and Methamphetamines.
Penalty Group II
Mescaline, Ecstasy, Methaqualone, and Amphetamine.
Penalty Group III
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Xanax, Methylphenidate, and Valium.
Penalty Group IV
Compounds or mixtures that contain limited amounts of narcotics, and one or more active medical ingredients.