U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
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U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
Phenazepam is not controlled in the US. Although it is chemically similar to other benzodiazepines, the U.S. Controlled Substance Analogue Act does not apply, as no similar drugs are in Schedule I or II. Sales of this chemical to end users would likely be considered drug sales and thus regulated by the FDA.
U.S. STATE LAW #
Arkansas has controlled Phenazepam as Schedule I, making it illegal to possess and sell without a license. See http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/aboutADH/RulesRegs/controlled_substances_list.pdf, http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=542842, http://www.kuar.org/kuarnews/60711-state-health-officials-ban-sale-of-new-designer-drug.html. (thanks a) (last updated Sep 6 2012)
Added to Schedule IV in May 2015. See http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/211. (thanks ch) (last updated Feb 26 2016)
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INTERNATIONAL LAW #
Controlled in China as a Category I psychotropic substance, illegal to sell, buy, import, export, and manufacture 4-methylmethcathinone as of September 2010. See China's SFDA announcement. (thanks n) (last updated Nov 25, 2015)
Phenazepam and Etizolam were controlled in Germany in July 2013. See http://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/fileadmin/dateien/Downloads/B/Betaeubungsmittelgesetz/27_BtMAEndV.pdf and http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/btmg_1981/index.html. (thanks jl) (last updated Jul 21 2013)
Ireland's catch-all Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act of 2010 would cover any sales of phenazepam for human consumption. See http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2010/en/act/pub/0022/index.html. Phenazepam is not specifically listed as controlled in Ireland. (last updated July 25 2011)
The Netherlands (Nederlands) #
The Netherlands added phenazepam to List II of controlled substances on Feb 6 2017. See https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/kst-34644-1.html (dutch). (thanks AvR) (last updated Sep 16, 2017)
Several news reports have stated that Sweden controlled Phenazepam but we've been unable to verify this. (last updated July 25 2011)
United Kingdom (U.K., England) #
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs announced a ban on the importation of phenazepam effective July 21 2011. See http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/press-releases/Import-ban-phenazepam-introduced. The government also announced that phenazepam will later be added to the Misuse of Drugs Act as a Class C drug. (thanks a) (last updated July 25 2011)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.
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