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Q - I am
very sorry to trouble you, I am looking for information
on the precise legal status of certain compounds, legally
available in the US, in the UK. e.g. 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylthiophethylamine
hcl, or 2CT7, 2CT2N,N-Dipropyltryptamine hcl 'DPT' 5-Methoxy-alphamethyltryptamine
'5 MEO-AMT' and a few others and I was wondering where
to get accurate legal information on them.
A - Most
Tryptamines and Phenethylamines are covered by 'catch-all'
clauses in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Schedule 2
part 1 (b & c) - as amended from time to time.
(b) any compound...structurally
derived from tryptamine or from a ring-hydroxy tryptamine
by substitution at the nitrogen atom of the sidechain
with one or more alkyl substituents but with no other
compound...structurally derived from phenethylamine
(or several alkyl-phenethylamines) by substitution in
the ring to any extent with alkyl, alkoxy, alkylenedioxy
or halide substituents, whether or not further substituted
in the ring by one or more univalent substituents.
compounds in turn: 2CT2 (Shulgin #40) - This may well
be caught by (c), although the sulphur atom should arguably
cause it to fall outside the legislation. A borderline
case. Note there was more recent revision of the prohibited
list around 18 months ago, this compound may or may
not have been specified within that list (which I do
not currently have to hand).
tryptamine - this clearly falls within (b), and is a
class A drug - the propyl groups are alkyl substitutents.
'5 MEO-AMT' - this also appears to fall within (b) as
a class A drug, although it is unclear whether the methoxy
substituent would rule it out.
I hope this
information is helpful. You should ask the Home Office
or Forensic Science Service for a definitive answer
- but you could run the risk of any currently 'legal'
compound being added to the next update of the schedules.