ABSTRACT

Sincetheearlypartofthiscentury,thefederalgovernmenthasattempted tocontrolthemanufacturing,distribution,anduseofpsychoactivedrugs. TheUnitedStatesgovernmentisaFederalistsystemwheretherearestate andcommunityregulationsoverthesaleandbehaviorassociatedwith substanceuse.Theselawsvarywidelyfromstatetostateandregionto region.WalkingdownthestreetinManhattanwithanopenbeermay resultinarrestorasummons,whileinpartsoftheSouthanindividualisabletopurchaseopenpintsofbeerwhileinacaratdrive-through windows.Thischapterprovidesasynopsisofthemostimportantregulationsconcerningpsychoactivesubstances.Thisisalabyrinthinetopic filledwithnuancesandcontradictions,butadiscussionofatleastthe basicissuesassociatedwithdrugsandthelawiswarrantedforanyone interestedintheissuesinvolvedwithsubstanceabuse,itstreatment,and thepoliciessurroundingit.