Last Month I wrote about the DEA making it illegal to manufacture or use bath salts. Earlier this month, Congress passed the Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011 which amends the Controlled Substances Act to place synthetic drugs (bath salts, synthetic marijuana, etc.) in Schedule 1. The DEA definition of schedule 1 drugs is drugs that “have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.” The synthetic drugs join LSD, heroin, peyote, ecstasy and others that have been on the schedule 1 list for many years.
H.R. 1254: Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011
DEA, Controlled Substances Schedules, Definition of Controlled Substances, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/