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MDPV is currently in Schedule I in the United States. This means it is illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, or distribute (sell, trade or give) without a DEA license.

In July, 2012, the US signed into Federal law a long list of new substances added to Schedule I including 4-methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone); 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV); 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-E); 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-methylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-D); 2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-C); 2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-I); 2-[4-(Ethylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-2); 2-[4-(Isopropylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-4); 2-(2,5-Dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-H); 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-nitro-phenyl)ethanamine (2C-N); (28) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-P).


Alabama #
In February 2011, the Alabama Department of Public Health declared MDPV and 4-Methymethcathinone as controlled substances. See (thanks jsl) (last updated Mar 23 2011)
Florida #
MDPV is Schedule I in Florida. See (last updated Jul 21, 2012)
Georgia #
Effective May 13 2011, Georgia banned MDPV, 4-Methylmethcathinone, 4-Fluoromethcathinone, 4-Methoxymethcathinone, Methylone, JWH-200, JWH-250, JWH-081 and related compounds. Making them illegal to possess without a license. See Georgia Senate Bill SB93. (thanks R) (last updated May 28 2011)
Indiana #
Effective July 1, 2011 MDPV, Fluoromethcathinone, Mephedrone, Methylone, Methedrone, and 4-ethylmethcathinone are controlled substances in Indiana. See"> (thanks K) (last updated June 6 2011)
Kentucky #
MDPV is probably controlled in Kentucky. In 2012, Kentucky passed HR 481 that added controlls for "synthetic drugs". The law states "'Synthetic drugs' means any synthetic cannabinoids or piperazines or any synthetic cathinones.". See (thanks dw) (last updated Jan 17, 2013)
Louisiana #
In January 2011, the governor of Louisiana emergency scheduled 3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone), 3,4-Methyenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), 4-Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone), 4-methoxymethcathinone, 4-Fluoromethcathinone and 3-Fluoromethcathinone. See (thanks tsc) (last updated Jan 8 2011)
Maine #
In June 2011, Maine passed an emergency measure outlawing a number of 'snthetic hallucinogenic chemicals that are sometimes marketed as 'bath salts'." MDPV is now Schedule W in Maine. See Thanks KC. Last updated July 23 2011
Michigan #
In July 2011, Michigan added MDPV and several other euphoric stimulants to Schedule I of their state drug control laws. See (last updated July 27 2011)
Minnesota #
In May 2011, Minnesota passed a law adding a number of cathinone-derivatives, psychedelic phenethylamines, and cannabinoid receptor agonists to Schedule I. The banned cathinone-derivates include MDPV. See (thanks k) (last updated July 25 2011)
New Jersey #
New Jersey added six stimulants to Schedule I under an order by the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, including: 4-methylmethcathinone, MDPV, Methylone (3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone, methedrone (4-methoxymethcathinone), 3-fluoromethcathinone, and 4-fluoromethcathinone. Rule is effective for 270 or until a law is passed to incorporate this emergency rule. See (thanks es) (last updated Jun 28 2011)
New Mexico #
MDPV is controlled in New Mexico. See 2011 SB 134 (Thanks B) (last updated Jul 12 2011)
New York #
MDPV was added to New York's Schedule I in July 2011, effective 30 days after signing. See (thanks r) (last updated Aug 6 2011)
North Carolina #
News reports indicate that MDPV, some synthetic cannabinoids, and other synthetic stimulants were banned in North Carolina in June 2011, but we have not found the actual law yet. See (unconfirmed) (last updated June 2 2011)
North Dakota #
North Dakota legislatively banned MDPV and 4-Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone) in March 2011. A year earlier, North Dakota's State Board of Pharmacy emergency banned five synthetic cannabinoids and two stimulants (including MDPV and 4-methyhlmethcathinone) on Feb 26 2010. The rule became permanent several months later. See and Bismarck Tribune story. (thanks ss, pd) (last updated Mar 23, 2011)
Ohio #
In July 2011, Ohio passed HB 64 banning five synthetic cannabinoids and six synthetic cathinones (including MDPV) to their Schedule I, making them illegal to buy, sell, or possess without a license. See (thanks k,t) (last updated Jul 20 2011)
Oklahoma #
In May 2011, Oklahoma passed a law adding a number of cathinone-derivatives, psychedelic phenethylamines, and cannabinoid receptor agonists to Schedule I. The banned list of chemicals includes MDPV. See (thanks U) (last updated June 28 2011)
Pennsylvania #
Pennsylvania passed a law on June 23 2011 adding several new drugs to the controlled substances list, making 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone), 3,4-Methyenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), 4-Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone), 4-Methoxymethcathinone, 4-Fluoromethcathinone, and 3-Fluoromethcathinone all Schedule I in the state of Pennsylvania. News about the law change refers to banning "bath salts". See and (thanks t) (last updated June 24 2011)
Tennessee #
Tennessee enacted a law making it Class A misdemeanor to "produce, manufacture, distribute, sell, or offer to sell" Methylone, MDPV, Mephedrone, Methedrone, Flephedrone, and 3-FMC as of May 2011. See (thanks sb) (last updated June 30 2011)
Texas #
Texas added MDPV to its list of "penalty group 2" controlled substances as of September 1, 2011. See (last updated Aug 17 2011)
Utah #
Utah banned 17 substances in February 2011, including 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone), methylone, 4-methoxymethcathinone, 4-fluoromethcathinone, 3, fluorometcathinone, MDPV, and several synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists that had been sold in Spice-type products. See, 2011 HB23 (thanks smh) (last updated Mar 11 2011)
Vermont #
Classified under "Depressant and stimulant drugs" (Title 18, Chapter 84, Section 4234) : Illegal to possess, distribute, etc. Added July 2012. See and (Thanks DW) (last updated Jul 23, 2012)
Virginia #
Virginia added MDPV to Schedule I on March 13, 2011. See (thanks L) (last updated May 19 2011)
West Virginia #
West Virginia banned a number of cathinone-derived stimulants and synthetic cannabinoids in May 2011. See 4-Methylmethcathinone, MDPV, JWH-018, HU-211, JWH-073, JWH-015, CP 49,497, CP55,940 and related chemicals are all included. (thanks ed) (last updated May 10 2011)
Wisconsin #
Wisconsin added MDPV and 4-methylmethcathinone to their list of controlled drugs in July 2011 (2011 wisconsin act 31). (thanks a1) (last updated Aug 22, 2011)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other U.S. state, please let us know.

Australia #
Australian authorities have moved MDPV into Schedule 9 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations and the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons. The rule becomes effective March 1, 2012. (thanks JC) (last updated Dec 27 2012)
Brazil #
MDPV was added to the list of controlled substances in Brazil. See (thanks r) (last updated Oct 1 2014)
Canada #
MDPV was placed into Schedule I in September 2012 by Health Canada. See (thanks gl) (last updated Jun 30 2014)
Czech Republic #
The Czech Republic added a number of recent drugs to their controlled lists in early 2011, including BZP, 2C-I, PMMA, synthetic cannabinoids, and a variety of cathinone derivates including 4-methyl-methcathinone and MDPV. The Czech Republic has decriminalized possession of small amounts of most recreational drugs, so penalties for possession are quite low. See Czech Drug Law. (thanks p) (last updated Apr 17 2011)
Denmark #
MDPV was added to schedule B on Mar 13, 2009, meaning it is illegal to possess or consume without a license or prescription. (see Danish legal information database, Danish Medicines Agency).
Estonia #
Estonia added a number of drugs to Schedule I in February 2011. These include MDPV, Methylone, Butylone, Methedrone, Naphyrone, CP 47496, HU-210, JWH-018, JWH-019, JWH-073, JWH-081 ,JWH-200, JWH-250, 2C-I, 2C-T-2, 2C-T-7, and 3-FMC. See 2C-B and Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) were already controlled in Estonia. (thanks 1001) (last updated Feb 16 2011)
Finland #
One visitor reported that MDPV is illegal in Finland. (unconfirmed) (thanks e) (last updated Nov 9 2011)
Germany (Deutschland)#
MDPV was added to Anlage II in January, 2012. See,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/317-12.pdf. (thanks nr) (last updated Oct 15, 2012)
Hungary #
In January 2012, MDPV became controlled in Hungary. (unconfirmed) (thanks C) (last updated Jan 13 2012)
Israel #
Israel banned four "families" of substances and their derivatives in July 2010. The families are cathinones, methcathinones, amphetamines, and methamphetamines. The new rules are designed to preemptively ban new drugs before they are sold in Israel. See (Thanks A) (last updated May 12 2011)
Netherlands #
United Kingdom (Britain, UK) #
MDPV is a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. (unconfirmed) (thanks ss) (last updated Aug 17 2010)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

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