No. S198434.

57 Cal.4th 353 (2013)

159 Cal. Rptr. 3d 405

303 P.3d 1179

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. ZACHARY EDWARD DAVIS, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

July 25, 2013.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carla Castillo , under appointment by the Supreme Court, and John Raphling , under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant.

Kamala D. Harris , Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette , Chief Assistant Attorney General, Pamela C. Hamanaka and Lance E. Winters , Assistant Attorneys General, Lawrence M. Daniels , Scott A. Taryle and Stacy S. Schwartz , Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.



The question presented here is the sufficiency of the evidence to prove a given material is a controlled substance regulated by the Health and Safety Code. Specifically, may a jury properly infer that 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is controlled based solely on its chemical name, when that substance is not listed in the code? We conclude that evidence of MDMA's chemical name, standing alone, is insufficient...

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