Under federal law, it's illegal to possess certain drugs. It's also against the law to possess illegal drugs according to state laws. In some instances, individuals could face both state and federal charges for doing so.
Simple drug possession refers to possessing drugs without the intent to distribute, sell or transport them. This is a misdemeanor under federal laws and may lead to up to a year in prison and a minimum fine of $1,000. It's possible to be fined and to receive time in prison for this charge if convicted.