Ketamine is a Schedule I controlled substance. In California, possessing ketamine is defined as unlawfully having ketamine in a useable amount. A person can also face criminal charges for administering ketamine to someone.

Is Administering a Drug Separate from Other Drug Laws?

California law defines the charge of administering ketamine as selling, transporting, furnishing, giving away, and/or importing a controlled substance.

How Is Administering Ketamine Defined in California?

California defines the charge as applying it to another person’s body. Here, “apply” refers to injecting or using any means to give someone the drug, including putting ketamine in a drink, cigarette, drug, or food.

Is Administering Ketamine the Same as Transporting It?

No. Transporting, or trafficking, means to move the drug from one location to another, while administering the drug means actually putting it someone else’s body.

Is Administering Ketamine the Same Charge as Possessing it to Sell?

No. To sell the drugs means the defendant is exchanging something of value for the drug. But administering means the defendant is placing the drug in a person’s system via various means.

What is the Penalty for Giving Someone Ketamine?

A defendant found guilty of administering ketamine will face 3 to 5 years in prison.

Should I Consult a Lawyer?

Yes. It’s best to talk to a California criminal lawyer before making a decision about your future. Talking to an attorney will help you determine the types of defenses available and the actions to take to reduce or dismiss the charge.