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Barbiturates
Legal Status
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U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
Caution :   All legal information should be verified through other sources. [see below]
U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
Barbiturates
REGULATED
Yes
STATUS
Scheduled
SCHEDULE
Schedule I / II / III
CLASSIFICATION
Depressant
Mecloqualone and Methaqualone are Schedule I in the United States. This means they are illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, or distribute (sell, trade or give) without a DEA license.

Amobarbital, Pentobarbital, and Secobarbital are Schedule II in the United States. This means they are illegal to sell without a DEA license and illegal to buy or possess without a license or prescription.

Compounds or products containing low levels of some of these barbiturates are Schedule III.

INTERNATIONAL LAW #
Canada #
Most Barbiturates are schedule IV in Canada. (Note: Canadian schedules are very different than U.S. schedules)
The Netherlands #
A few barbiturates are available with a prescription in the Netherlands. Preparation, possession, adaption, delivery, providing and transport, of barbiturates is prohibited, because they are scheduled on "list II" of the "Opium Law". Possession of small quantities (for personal use) of prohibited substances is typically not prosecuted. Recreational use of barbiturates, is, as with any other substance, not prohibited in the Netherlands. (thanks K) (last updated Oct 11 2012)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
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.