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Morphine
Legal Status
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U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
Caution :   All legal information should be verified through other sources. [see below]
U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
Morphine
REGULATED
Yes
STATUS
Scheduled
SCHEDULE
Schedule II / III
CLASSIFICATION
Opiate
Pure morphine or products which contain more than 50 mg per 100 milliliters (or per 100 grams) are Schedule II in the United States. This means they are illegal to sell without a DEA license and illegal to buy or possess without a license or prescription.

Products which contain less than 50 mg morphine per 100 milliliters (or per 100 grams) and which contain one or more active, nonnarcotic ingredient in recognized therapeutic amounts are Schedule III in the United States.

Schedule II drug prescriptions may only be refilled with a written prescription, Schedule III pharmaceuticals may be refilled using phoned prescription. (thanks DJM)

U.S. STATE LAW #
While most state laws are consistent with the federal scheduling system, they can and do vary from state to state. As most prosecutions happen at the state level it is important to be familiar with your state and local laws.
INTERNATIONAL LAW #
Canada #
Morphine is schedule I in Canada. (Note: Canadian schedules are very different than U.S. schedules)
Portugal #
Effective July 2001, personal use of morphine without a prescription was decriminalized by Law 30/2000 (see text of law). Possession of less than 2 g is not regarded as a criminal offense, though the substance is liable to be seized and the possessor can be referred to mandatory treatment. Sale, or possession of quantities greater than the personal possession limit, are criminal offenses punishable by jail time. (thanks P)
Russia #
One visitor reports that morphine is schedule II drug in the Russian Federation and is regulated such that it is not prescribed to the general public. It is used for treating pain in hospitals and administered to terminal cancer patients, etc. See Russian Schedules (thanks g) (last updated Mar 8, 2010)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
Erowid legal information is a summary of data gathered from site visitors, government documents, websites, and other resources. We are not lawyers and can not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided here. We do our best to keep this information correct and up-to-date, but laws are complex and constantly changing. Laws may also vary from one jurisdiction to another (county, state, country, etc)...this list is not comprehensive.