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 laws on GHB
law that places GBL (and other GHB precursors) in Schedule II.
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.
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 GHBs 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 substances 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
FDA Alert on GHB and GBL and BD
Congressional Testimony of
Terrance Woodworth on GHB
Watch (Real Video) NIDA's
press conference on "club drugs"
information sheet on GHB
DEA Feb. 2000
"Intelligence report" on "club drugs" (includes GHB)
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:
VAULT on GHB
Enhancement Research Institute's GHB
MULTIDISCIPLINARY ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHEDELIC STUDIES
MINDBOOKS on GHB: