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Drug or Narcotic Crimes
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, use and possession of narcotics and other controlled drugs results in several criminal offenses. Drugs are substances such as opium, coca leaves, cannabis (marijuana) and any substance chemically derived from them, plus manufactured hallucinogenics such as LSD. Narcotics include all drugs and specifically include any drug to which federal narcotics rules apply, such as prescription drugs. California permits the medical use of marijuana where a doctor has deemed it appropriate.