Let's say I own a gas chroma-mass spect (GC-MS), which allows me to determine the composition of a substance. I have a friend who wants me to test an unknown substance and provides me with a small sample (let's say 1mg, or just several granules of a solid substance).
I analyze the substance and find that is likely an illicit substance. Is it now illegal to possess now that I know it's illicit? At what point does it become illegal?
I read through my state's laws, as well as some federal statutes, and just need some clarification on this.
You must register with the State of Washington as a drug research/testing facility. Without being granted permission by the State possession of even the most minute amount of a controlled substance is illegal.
As a side note: you have your own GC-MS? It would really suck if that expensive equipment got taken and held as evidence in a crime. On the other hand, if this is school or employer owned equipment, my guess is you would be expelled or fired if found out.
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