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Legal Sanctions Regarding the Unlawful Use, Possession, or Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages and Illicit Drugs

Legal Sanctions:

Various federal and state laws and regulations apply to employees and students of BRCC including Federal Drug Free WorkplaceAct of 1988, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), and Revised Statutes of the State of Louisiana.

Federal Sanctions:

*Penalties for subsequent violations of the above-described provisions are progressively more severe than the initial convictions. Penalties, laws, and statutes may change without notice. This list is not intended to be comprehensive. For a complete list of drug and alcohol related offenses, please contact the appropriate law enforcement agency. 

It is unlawful in Louisiana to produce, manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess illegal drugs. The most common illegal drugs on college campuses are marijuana, opium derivatives, hallucinogens, depressants, cocaine, cocaine derivatives, methamphetamines, and amphetamines. The Criminal Code of Louisiana carries specific penalties for the possession and use of illegal drugs. Louisiana Revised Statute 40:891.3, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law; Drug Free Zone, states that any person who violates a provision of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law (Louisiana Revised Statute 40:966-970) while on any property used for school purposes by any school, within two thousand feet of any such property, or while on a school bus, shall, upon conviction, be punished by the imposition of the maximum fine and be imprisoned for not more than one and one-half times the longest term of imprisonment authorized by the applicable provisions of R.S. 40:966 through 970 of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.

Louisiana State Sactions:

Additional guidelines, including federal legal sanctions for violations of drug and alcohol laws can be found at:  http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml and on the BRCC website.  This information is also available in the Office of Office of Student Life and the Office of Human Resources.

Controlled Dangerous Substances, Schedule I – IV (R.S. 40:981.3)

It is unlawful to possess, sell, distribute, or manufacture those drugs listed in the relevant Louisiana statute(s).  These drugs include, but are not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, “crack” cocaine, methamphetamines, heroine, “rush” LSD, “roofies,” and prescription drugs without a valid prescription from a licensed physician.  Individuals found guilty of a drug violation are subject to a fine of not less than $500, imprisonment at hard labor for up to 30 years, or, if found selling illegal drugs on campus, imprisonment at hard labor for up to 45 years.

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