Effective Jan. 30, 2015, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued its final order to temporarily schedule three synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) into schedule I pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
The substances are:
- N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1- oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)- 1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (‘‘AB– CHMINACA’’)
- N-(1-amino-3-methyl- 1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole- 3-carboxamide (‘‘AB–PINACA’’)
- [1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazol-3- yl](naphthalen-1-yl)methanone (‘‘THJ–2201’’)
This action is based on a finding by the Administrator that the placement of these synthetic cannabinoids and their optical, positional, and geometric isomers, salts, and salts of isomers into schedule I of the CSA is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. As a result of this order, the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances will be imposed on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, import, export, engage in research, or possess), or propose to handle these SCs.