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Not Approved For
Human Consumption
1,4-Butanediol is not scheduled in the United States though we believe that it may now be scheduled in some states. It is not approved by the FDA for human consumption which generally means that possession is federally legal while sale for human consumption may specifically be illegal. It is possible that possession and sales could be prosecuted under the Federal Analogue Act (as an analog of GHB) although a federal case in New York in 2002 ruled that 1,4-butanediol could not be considered an analogue of GHB under federal law. On December 11, 2002, an 8th Circuit Court in Minnesota ruled that 1,4b was an Analogue under federal law, differences in the cases and jurisdictions means the status of 14b under US Federal Law is not yet fully resolved.

2002: The DEA engaged in a very active campaign to reduce GBL, GHB, and 1,4-butanediol sales over the internet in 2002 and called their project Operation Webslinger. In late 2002, the DEA arrested a large number of people for buying and selling GBL over the internet.

Florida #
Schedule I. 1,4-butanediol is specifically listed as controlled under Florida law along with GHB and GBL. See (last updated Jul 21, 2012)
Hawaii #
Schedule I. 1,4-butanediol is specifically listed as controlled under Hawaii law along with GHB and GBL. [July 2004 Amendment]
Nevada #
1,4-butanediol is Schedule I in Nevada. See Nevada Legislature website.
New York #
1,4-butanediol and GBL are Schedule I in New York. See New York State Public Health Law, Section 3306.
Oregon #
1,4-butanediol is Schedule I in Oregon. See Oregon Board of Pharmacy: New Laws and Rules. (thanks E)
Israel #
14b was controlled in Israel in 2007. See (thanks d) (last updated Jul 20, 2013)
New Zealand #
1,4-butanediol is controlled under NZ's class B, its second strictest schedule. National Drug Policy New Zealand 'fantasy' page. (thanks Y)
Norway #
The "Derivatbestemmelsen" is an Analog Act-type law in Norway that controls 4-methylmethcathinone, Bk-MBDB, Bromo-Dragonfly, 1,4butanediol, GBL, and MBDB. See (thanks o) (last updated April 29 2009)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

Erowid legal information is a summary of data gathered from site visitors, government documents, websites, and other resources. We are not lawyers and can not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided here. We do our best to keep this information correct and up-to-date, but laws are complex and constantly changing. Laws may also vary from one jurisdiction to another (county, state, country, etc)...this list is not comprehensive.