The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final order today to temporarily place five synthetic cannabinoids into the Controlled Substances Act pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions. The substances are 1-pentyl-3-(1- naphthoyl)indole (JWH-018), 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-073), 1- [2-(4-morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-200), 5-(1,1- dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (CP-47,497), and 5-(1,1-dimethyloctyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol; CP-47,497 C8 homologue).
The full text of the order can be found in the Federal Register.
This order ends months of speculation about when the DEA would take action to ban the listed compounds. The proposed ban was first announced last November, but it was unclear at that point when the ban would take effect. That question is now answered. The effective date of the ban is March 1, 2011.