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GBL (Gamma-Butyrolactone)
Legal Status
by Erowid
U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
Caution :   All legal information should be verified through other sources. [see below]
U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
GBL
REGULATED
Yes
STATUS
Listed
SCHEDULE
Possible Analog of GHB
CLASSIFICATION
Industrial Solvent / Depressant
GBL (Gamma-Butyrolactone) is not directly controlled under United States Federal law. In a November 12, 2008, the DEA filed an entry in the Federal Register (DOCID:fr12no08-27) indicating that they are planning on exempting impure GBL (70% GBL and under) from the current restrictions the DEA places on GBL sales.

GBL (gamma butyrlactone) is a List I Chemical federally and is scheduled in some states (California, Hawaii, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon). For information about the legal status of GHB, see GHB Law and 1,4-butanediol, see the 1,4b Law Vault."

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

INTERNATIONAL LAW #
Canada #
Gamma-butyrlactone is a Category I chemical in Canada, meaning it can only be sold to account customers or cash sale customers who produce suitable identification.
Netherlands #
GBL is sold as paintstripper and not directly controlled. (thanks O)
Sweden #
United Kingdom (U.K., Britain) #
GBL is a Class C controlled drug in the United Kingdom. See BBC News Dec 2009. (thanks I) (last updated June 25, 2010)
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.