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EWU Police Department
820 Washington
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.4021
fax: 509.359.6054

Washington State Drug Laws

Drug-Free Zone

As regulated at Title 21, USC, Section 860: distribution, possession with the intent of distribution, or manufacture of a controlled substance in, or within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising Eastern Washington University, is subject to additional penalties as defined in that code.

The following is a partial list of illicit drugs considered to be controlled substances by the State of Washington (RCW 69.50): Narcotics (opium and cocaine, and all drugs extracted, derived, or synthesized from opium and cocaine, including crack cocaine and heroin); methamphetamine; barbiturates; and hallucinogenic substances (LSD, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin, PCP, THC, MDA, STP).

A. State Penalties for Illegal Sale of Controlled Substances
The illegal sale of any controlled substance is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, $10,000 fine, or both.

B. State Penalties for Illegal Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substances
Narcotics: up to 10 years in prison, $25,000-$100,00 fine, or both. Non-narcotics: up to five years in prison, $10,000 fine, or both.

C. State Penalties for Possession of Controlled Substances
Possession of any controlled substance is punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. More severe penalties are provided for persons convicted of providing controlled substances to minors and for repeat offenses.

Civil penalties of up to $10,000 may also be imposed for possession of small amounts of controlled substances, whether or not criminal prosecution is pursued.


Please note: Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and policies regarding marijuana at EWU remain unchanged. The University follows the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (20 USC 1145g). It is illegal to produce, distribute or use marijuana on EWU property or during school sanctioned events.

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