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4-Methylethcathinone (4-MEC)
Legal Status
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U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
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U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
4-Methylethcathinone
REGULATED
Yes
STATUS
Scheduled
SCHEDULE
Schedule I
4-Methylethcathinone was emergency scheduled on March 7, 2014. See http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/fr0307_2.htm. Prior to this, 4-Methylethcathinone was unscheduled in the United States. There was at least one federal indictment (Apr 2012) for the importation of 1 kg of 4-MEC on the basis of 4-MEC being a federal Analogue of methcathinone.

There was one case of a business person being charged with selling the similar 4-methylmethcathinone/4-MMC (as 'bath salts') also on the basis of it being an Analogue of methcathinone. (See the WSAZ news story). The 4-MMC case ended with the defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge not related to the Analogue Act: introducing a misbranded drug into interstate commerce (a charge under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, not the Controlled Substances Act).
U.S. STATE LAW #
Florida #
4-MEC is Schedule I in Florida, listed as Methylethcathinone. Added in 2011. See http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1502/BillText/c2/PDF. (thanks q) (last updated Dec 4 2012)
Vermont #
Classified under "Depressant and stimulant drugs" (Title 18, Chapter 84, Section 4234) : Illegal to possess, distribute, etc. Added July 2012. See healthvermont.gov/regs/documents/regulated_drugs_emergency_rule_annotated.pdf and http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=18&Chapter=084&Section=04234. (Thanks DW) (last updated Jul 23, 2012)
Virginia #
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any U.S. state, please let us know.

INTERNATIONAL LAW #
Brazil (Brasil) #
Finland #
4-MEC was banned in Finland in December 2014. A new government regulation was enacted in Finland that banned over 100 psychoactive chemicals. See Finland's Prohibited Psychoactive Substances: December 19, 2014. (last updated Dec 26, 2014)
Germany (Deutschland)#
4-MEC was added to Anlage II in January, 2012. See www.bundesrat.de/cln_236/nn_8336/SharedDocs/Drucksachen/2012/0301-400/317-12,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/317-12.pdf. (thanks nr) (last updated Oct 15, 2012)
Hungary #
In January 2012, 4-methylethcathinone became controlled in Hungary. (unconfirmed) (thanks C) (last updated Jan 13 2012)
Poland #
An amendment to Polish drug law effective Jun 8, 2011 placed numerous research chemicals on the list of controlled substances, including 4-methylethcathinone. See http://www.infor.pl/dziennik-ustaw,rok,2011,nr,105.html (thanks surveilled) (last updated Aug 18, 2011).
United Kingdom (UK, Britain) #
4-Methylethcathinone is a class B drug, illegal to possess without the proper license or prescription, as of Apr 16, 2010. It is not specifically named in the law, but was was part of a general ban on cathinone derivatives. (last updated Aug 18, 2011)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
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