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U.S. Federal Law


Although never commonly available, DMT was made illegal in the United States in 1966, along with LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin. (The four compounds mentioned in the general introduction to ‘The Psychedelic Experience’ by Leary/Metzner/Alpert).


In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs by executive order, transferring enforcement of all drug laws from the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, to the Department of Justice. Drug use was now a law-enforcement issue, rather than a public health one.


In 1970, N,N-DMT was classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.


In 1971, N,N-DMT was found to be endogenous to the human body, So, ironically, it is illegal to possess a compound which is in fact naturally inside of all of us.


In 1973, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was created.


Caution: All legal information should be verified through other sources.


U.S. Federal Legal Summary for N,N-DMT

Regulated: Yes

Status: Scheduled

Schedule: Schedule 1

Classification: Hallucinogen


N,N-DMT is Schedule I in the United States. This means it is illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, or distribute (sell, trade or give) without a DEA license.


International Law


The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is the independent and quasi-judicial control organ for the implementation of the United Nations drug conventions. It plays an important role in monitoring enforcement of restrictions on narcotics and psychotropics and in deciding which precursors should be regulated.


The Board had predecessors since the time of under the League of Nations. It all started in 1909 in Shanghai with the International Opium Commission, the first international drug control conference. The International Opium Convention of 1925 established the Permanent Central Board (first known as the Permanent Central Opium Board and then as the Permanent Central Narcotics Board). That Board started its work in 1929. After the dissolution of the League, the 1946 Protocol Amending the Agreement, Conventions and Protocols on Narcotic Drugs concluded at The Hague on 23 January 1912, at Geneva on 11 February 1925 and 19 February 1925, and 13 July 1931, at Bangkok on 27 November 1931 and at Geneva on 26 June 1936, created a Supervisory Body to administer the estimate system. The functions of both bodies were merged into the Board by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The composition of the Board under the Single Convention was strongly influenced by the 1946 treaty.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was delegated the Board's day-to-day work of monitoring the situation in each country and working with national authorities to ensure compliance with the Single Convention. This treaty has since been supplemented by the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, which controls LSD, Ecstasy, and other psychoactive pharmaceuticals, and the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, which strengthens provisions against money laundering and other drug-related offenses.


~ Wikipedia


Note: The United States Government, through the Justice Department and the DEA, puts considerable pressure on both the United Nations Organization and all countries ‘friendly’ to the United States to follow its own domestic laws on drugs. Many of the policy’s of the INCB were implemented by Harry Anslinger, who was the  Commisioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics for 32 years, and the US Representative to the INCB for 1962-63. As a result of this policy of following US Drug Policy, many countries have made DMT illegal without the compound ever having been reported in that country at all!


Laws by Country


Australia: South Australia controls "any plant containing DMT including any plant of the species Piptadenia Peregrina: (last updated Mar 17, 2009).


Brazil: DMT is listed as a controlled substance, making production, distribution, or possession illegal.


Canada: DMT is schedule III in Canada. (Note: Canadian schedules are very different than U.S. schedules)


Estonia: DMT is Schedule I


Germany: DMT is listed in Anlage I of the BtMG, making it illegal to possess, purchase, or sell.


Japan: DMT is probably a controlled substance in Japan, added to the list of controlled drugs in 2000, but we have been unable to confirm this. Despite this, there are multiple reports that DMT, along with other strong psychoactives are being sold in shops in Japan. (last updated Mar 29, 2007)


New Zealand: DMT is Schedule I (Class A) in New Zealand.


Norway: DMT is Schedule I in Norway and illegal to buy or possess without a special license.


Russia: DMT is illegal to buy or possess without a license. We do not know the terminology used in Russia. (unconfirmed)


Sweden: DMT is regulated by law in Sweden, no additional details. (unconfirmed)


U.K.: DMT is Schedule I/Class A in the U.K., making it illegal to buy or possess without a license.


This legal information is a summary of data gathered from site visitors, government documents, websites, and other resources. We are not lawyers and cannot 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.



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