Here’s how things go in this country (UK). A few months back someone told me about microdosing psychedelics, and a friend introduced me to a legal to produce and possess analog of LSD called AL-LAD. A few years back the UK government’s own “Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs” (a body of lackeys that produce “policy based evidence” to order from the government really) reviewed this and said there was no need to control it. There has been a steady supply of it, in pretty well known quantities and qualities. Relatively cheaply. It is, to the best of my knowledge, about as safe as I can get in a semi-clandestine market (albeit not the “full black market” of illicit drugs).
Last summer, ACMD were asked to review a whole raft of other “Novel Pharmaceutical Substances” as they call “legal highs” and “research chemicals” and in particular to report on the use of uncontrolled tryptamine based drugs. (Tryptamine is [a naturally-occuring biochemical derivative of Tryptophan, which is an] (ed.) amino acid, probably one of the 21 believed to have been present in the chemical soup without which life would not have emerged on earth at all, so lots of things have it in).
Well this time, with no new evidence of abuse, no new evidence of harm, but merely because it is an analog of something already banned (LSD) and was under review because it was seen as a possible alternative to things also being banned, they’ve recommended, and an Order in Council was approved on 10th December, to add it to the schedule of banned substances in Class A.
From 7th January therefore having enough of the stuff in my house to microdose for a month (i.e. not much different from any other daily dietary supplement, say, or about enough to have two more “psychonautic” trips) could in theory get me a life sentence in prison!
Using the device of an Order in Council is the usual way to add small amendments to things like the Misuse of Drugs Act. It requires no consultation, other than taking the soundings of the Advisory Council with no interest in undermining their previous scheduling classes by allowing something close to LSD whilst having to maintain the fiction that the “real stuff” is a dangerous drug.
It’s disgusting. Is all I can say!