This article discusses the drug Ketamine and the law involving Ketamine, use, possession, and driving.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a schedule II controlled substance in the drug category called dissociative anesthetics.
Ketamine is used medically in situations where a person must receive anesthesia but cannot risk the depression of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems that results from the typical opiate analgesics. Ketamine is also frequently used as veterinarian anesthetic, commonly for horses. The “dissociative” label of the drug category comes from the feeling of separation a person feels from their body and environment that comes with Ketamine use.
Recreational Use of Ketamine
Ketamine use produces anesthetic effects of pain relief, relaxation, out-of-body experiences, and hallucinations.
Possession of Ketamine
It is against the law to possess Ketamine without a prescription or valid medical purpose. Possession of Ketamine is a felony, punishable by up to 2 years in prison, fines, and probation.
Use of Ketamine
Using Ketamine is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, fines and costs, and probation.
Keeping Ketamine Offenses Off Your Record
A first-offense conviction for use or possession of Ketamine can be kept off your public record with the help of the program 7411. A person convicted of a Ketamine offense and who receives 7411 will have the conviction be made non-public, and the person will be put on probation. Successful completion of probation means the conviction will never be made public. However, a person could risk having the conviction be public if probation is not completed. Only use and possession offenses qualify for 7411 status. An OWI with Ketamine is not an eligible offense for 7411.
Operating While Intoxicated by Ketamine
You could be convicted of operating while intoxicated for driving under the influence of Ketamine. Being under the influence means your ability to drive in a normal manner was substantially lessened by the Ketamine use. For an OWI by Ketamine conviction, the prosecutor must prove you were under the influence of Ketamine, not simply that you had used Ketamine or that Ketamine was in your system.
Sam Bernstein is an Ann Arbor Criminal Attorney.
ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.