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Legal Status of 2C-T-2 & 2C-T-7
by Murple, Feb 6, 2001
[ Erowid Note: Since the writing of this article, 2C-T-7 has been controlled by many countries. ]
Being relatively new drugs, neither 2C-T-2 nor 2C-T-7 have been banned by many countries. While there may be laws in other countries which I am not aware of, it appears that 2C-T-2 is specifically illegal in either three or four countries, and 2C-T-7 in either one or two countries. Many countries have analogue drug laws, however, and in those countries 2C-T-2 and 2C-T-7 may be implicitly illegal. If you are unsure about the legality of either drug in your location, it would be wise to check its legal status with both local and national authorities before coming into possession of it.
In Australia, 2C-T-2 and 2C-T-7 are covered by the country's comparatively strict analogue drug laws. There has been at least one prosecution in which 2C-T-2 played a part. Unfortunately, my informant on this case did not have complete details. The case happened "a couple years ago," presumably sometime while 2C-T-2 was being sold by Dutch smartshops. A person in New South Wales was caught in possession of large quantities of various illegal drugs. Along with these drugs were also various more obscure drugs, including five tablets of 2C-T-2. Although the primary focus of the prosecution was on the scheduled drugs, according to my informant "it was the fact that there were obscure drugs present that nailed the import case. I don't know how much of a role 2CT2/7 played in this, but from the list of drugs they dealt with this one was probably the most obscure." I was unable to find record of this case in Australia's SCALEplus online legal database, but my informant mentions that he believes the case was heard at the Downing Centre court in Sydney.
Neither 2C-T-2 nor 2C-T-7 appear to be scheduled drugs in Canada, however it is most likely covered under the analogue drug laws. Under Canadian law, a drug analogue is defined as "a substance that, in relation to a controlled substance, has a substantially similar chemical structure." Using this definition, both drugs could be argued to be analogues of either 2C-B or mescaline. It seems that this law has been enforced at least once. According to a post made to an Internet mailing list, in October, 2000, a person placed an order with a chemical supply company in the United States for 250 mg of 2C-T-7. Canadian customs seized the order and sent a notice to the purchaser saying that it had been confiscated. No further action was taken in the case.
The legal situation of 2C-T-2 in Germany has an interesting history. On October 7, 1998, the Federal Ministry for Health issued a decree titled "Zwölfte Verordnung zur Änderung Betäubungsmittel Rechtlicher Vorschriften", which placed 2C-T-2 (along with 4-MTA, mebroqualone, and two PCP analogues) under the Betäubungsmittelgesetz, Germany's drug law, by express regulation, which is equivalent to the DEA's emergency scheduling powers under United States law. This made possession, import, trade, production, and trafficking of 2C-T-2 punishable by law. This decree eventually expired, but on September 24, 1999, the Federal Ministry For Health issued the "Dreizehnten Verordnung zur Änderung Betäubungsmittelrechtlicher Vorschriften," which went into effect October 10, 1999, and made 2C-T-2 illegal along with 11 other drugs. This regulation also had one year expiration, and so on September 27, 2000, yet another temporary scheduling was decreed in the "Viersehnte Betäubungsmittelrechts-Änderungsverordnung". As with the two prior decrees banning 2C-T-2, this new law also banned other drugs as well, for a total of fourteen, including the tryptamines 5-MeO-DMT and 5-MeO-DIPT. This new decree took effect October 10, 2000 and like the two prior decrees, this one also expires one year after going into effect. 2C-T-7 remains legal in Germany at the present time.
The Netherlands was the first country in which 2C-T-2 was sold commercially, and it was also the first country to make it an illegal drug. On April 12, 1999, it was declared an unregistered medicine. As such, it is in a separate legal category from scheduled drugs. Manufacture, import, sale, trade and possession of 2C-T-2 are illegal. At present, 2C-T-7 remains legal, but many feel that this is likely to change due to the fact that the government does not approve of the smartshops selling "synthetic drugs."
2C-T-2 became commercially available in Sweden in the summer of 1998, being sold in smartshops similar to those in the Netherlands. On April 1, 1999, both 2C-T-2 and 2C-T-7, along with MBDB, BDB, 2C-B and PMMA, were banned in Sweden. This was not done by appending these drugs to the country's normal drug laws, but by passing a new law, "Förordning (1999:58) om förbud mot vissa hälsofarliga varor," which banned the drugs as being materials dangerous to health.
In 1999, Alexander Shulgin was sent a copy of a letter from the British Home Office to several of its administrative associates which in effect placed all compounds listed in PIHKAL into Class A, Britain's equivalent of Schedule I. Whether or not this law has actually gone into effect remains the subject of some confusion, but it appears likely that both 2C-T-2 and 2C-T-7 are illegal in the United Kingdom. Several researchers, including this author, tried for several months to obtain a complete list of banned drugs in the United Kingdom. With the exception of a few partial lists, all have failed; therefore, it can not be said for sure whether these drugs are in fact illegal in the United Kingdom.
[ Erowid Note: 2C-T-7 was placed in Schedule I by emergency order of the DEA on September 20, 2002 and was permanently placed into Schedule I in 2004. This makes it illegal to buy, sell, or possess without a DEA license. ]
Neither 2C-T-2 nor 2C-T-7 are specifically scheduled in the United States. This does not mean that they are legal, however. The United States has analogue drug laws. Under United States law, it must be determined on a case by case basis whether an analogue drug law violation has occurred. The prosecution must demonstrate that the material in question is substantially similar in both chemical structure and pharmacological effect to a scheduled drug, and that the defendant intended to manufacture, buy, sell, trade, or use the substance as a drug for human consumption. 2C-T-2 and 2C-T-7 could conceivably be prosecuted as analogues of mescaline or 2C-B. There also exist "lookalike drug" laws, under which a person who is selling any substance which is being misrepresented as a scheduled drug can be prosecuted as if actually selling the drug they claim to be selling. If someone were to try selling 2C-T-2 or 2C-T-7 as mescaline they could be charged as if selling actual mescaline.
Currently, no state laws ban either 2C-T-2 or 2C-T-7. Most states also have analogue and lookalike drug laws in addition to the federal laws. These laws may be stricter than federal law in some states.
Several incidents have been reported on the Internet in which law enforcement agents have crossed paths with 2C-T-7. In all but one case, there are insufficient details to be able to verify the stories, and so they must be considered anecdotal.
According to a post made to The Shroomery, an Internet drug discussion forum, a man was arrested in New York state in October, 2000, for driving an unregistered car. He was found with twenty-two gelcaps each containing 20 mg of 2C-T-7. The defendant did not tell the police what the capsules contained. Although the police were not able to identify the substance, the defendant was convicted at his trial at the end of November. It is unclear what the exact charges were. According to the person posting the messages, "I heard that he got the 3 years probation for 'dealing.' That really makes no sense. 'Dealing' is not a legal charge." It was also pointed out that the defendant did not make use of a lawyer during his trial, a decision which likely led to his conviction.
The next incident was also mentioned on The Shroomery, in response to the post about the first case. A man was caught in possession of several 10 mg doses of 2C-T-7 individually wrapped in aluminum foil as well as fifteen small bags of marijuana. Police kept the suspect in jail while they performed some tests to try and identify what the 2C-T-7 was. After not being able to identify it, police asked the suspect what it was, to which he responded "its just some Advil I crushed up." He was then released, after being charged only for the marijuana.
In January, 2000, a man in the United States placed an order for 15 Blue Mystic tablets from a smartshop in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This package was seized by customs, and a notice of confiscation was sent to the purchaser. No further legal action was taken.
The fourth incident in which 2C-T-7 has come to the attention of law enforcement in the United States involved the death of Jake Duroy. This incident was described in detail in the historical section of this paper. This is the only one of these incidents for which there is sufficient information to verify the story. No charges were filed against any people in this case.