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GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate)

 

FEDERAL LAW

The Drug Enforcement Administration published a final rule on
March 13, 2000 (65 FR 13235), placing gamma-hydroxybutyric acid and its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers into Schedule I of the CSA under Public Law 106-172. The final rule imposes Schedule III security requirements for registered manufacturers and distributors of GHB when it is manufactured, distributed, or possessed in accordance with FDA authorized investigational new drug exemptions under section 505(i) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355(i)). If drug products containing GHB are approved by FDA, the final rule places FDA approved products containing GHB into Schedule III of the CSA under Public Law 106-172.

 

STATE LAW

State laws on GHB

California law that places GBL (and other GHB precursors) in Schedule II.

  • Currently in California, offenses involving GBL and GHB are punished identically. Simple possession is punishable as an alternate felony/misdemeanor by 16 months, 2, or 3 years in state prison. Possession for sale is punishable as a straight felony by imprisonment in the state prison for 16 months, 2, or 3 years. Sale or transportation is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for 2 or 3 or 4 years. Transportation between non-contiguous counties is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for 3 or 6 or 9 years.

  • Steven Wm. Fowkes letter to California Senators explaining flaws in the new California law that places GBL in Schedule II.

 

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND NEWS

GHB LAW (13 The Entheogen Law Reporter 120-122)
The substance gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) has been the subject of numerous recent stories in the popular media. While few would call it an “entheogen,” many have reported euphoria, visual alterations, and subtle psychedelic effects. GHB has found its way into the entheogen-using community. In the last few months, I have received at least a half-dozen communiqués inquiring about GHB’s legal status in the USA. This article details the legal history of GHB, some of the past FDA undercover operations centered on GHB, and the substance’s current legal status in the USA. More...

Get the inside on a government Rave Conference held on March 5, 2000. A report by Richard Glen Boire, J.D.

JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE LIBERTIES
Legal news on GHB: arrests, scheduling, raves, etc.

 

U.S. AND STATE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

FDA Alert on GHB and GBL and BD

US Congressional Testimony of Terrance Woodworth on GHB

Watch (Real Video) NIDA's press conference on "club drugs"

DEA information sheet on GHB

DEA Feb. 2000 "Intelligence report" on "club drugs" (includes GHB)

Idaho Council on Domestic Violence Report "Rohynol and GHB: Terrifying Date-Rape Drugs" (includes considerations for prosecution).

May 2003 Microgram Bulletin article on GHB, and GHB analogues

GHB article in DEA’s "Drugs of Abuse" magazine: http://www.dea.gov/pubs/abuse/abuse_07.htm#gamma"


GOOD NON-GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

EROWID VAULT on GHB

Cognitive Enhancement Research Institute's  GHB pages.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHEDELIC STUDIES

MINDBOOKS on GHB:

 

 

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