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Tryptamines & Phenethylamines
- Legal Status
am currently researching a paper for my masters on the
Human Rights Act and the use of drugs, with particular
reerence to the psychadelics/entheogens. I came by your
sight via the 2ct7 query.... I was disappointed to find
out about about the "catch all" clause. There is a plethora
of UK sites out there giving the impression that the
rarer tryptamines and phenylethylamines (such as Mescaline
and 2ct7) are not covered by the MoDA 1971. Now you
have inspired me to go out and check it once and for
all myself! may as well put my law degree to good use!
Mind you, I`ll have to get together with a chemist to
sort it out!
tryptamines/phenethylamines, you would need to be a
chemist to understand the law properly. The clauses
in the MDA schedules would best be described as 'catch-most'
rather than 'catch all' as alkoxy groups could be replaced
with alk-thio groups (sulphur, rather than oxygen),
or other substitutions used. I have had disputes with
forensic scientists over the legality/illegality of
particular compounds in the past.
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.
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 substituent.
any 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.
your compounds in turn:
(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.
hope this information is helpful. You could also 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