Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

This site describes the schedules of the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

The CDSA is the federal legislation that spells out which chemicals and plants Canadian citizens may not grow, buy, sell, swallow, hold, or otherwise lust after.

If you do grow, buy, sell, swallow, hold, or otherwise lust after any of these chemicals or plants you may be arrested, fined, jailed, or all three.

Also described here are the United Kingdom Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA), the United Nations Drugs and Substances under International Control, the United States Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and substances controlled by the European Union.

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Controlled Substances Act

Misuse of Drugs Act

Drugs and Substances under International Control

Substances Controlled by the European Union

  • Includes proposal of 25 June 2013 for a Council Decision on submitting 5-(2-aminopropyl)indole (5-IT) to control measures.

Readings on drug law design and policy—the good, the bad, and the unworkable.

  • The purported regulatory status of almost 3400 substances—at least in the ever-fluid opinion of Health Canada who hold it out as fact. Ultra vires, in my opinion. Not to be confused with bona fide, legitimate law.
  • Over 3000 pages of status proceedings from Health Canada’s Star Chamber of Opinions.
  • Over 2000 status decisions have been disclosed and posted. These have no standing in law, or much else—toss a coin, throw a dart, form an opinion. Not to be confused with bona fide, legitimate law.
  • Had enough of Health Canada’s opinion? Right! Turning now to science and evidence, the Government of Italy recently published analytical data on over 250 new drugs.

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Updated 18 August 2015 · This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License ·

This website is provided for general information purposes only. It is not intended to replace official versions of legislation. It is not meant as legal or other professional advice. If you require specific legal advice on any issue, please consult a lawyer.

Although every reasonable effort is made to assure accuracy, laws and regulations governing controlled drugs and substances change over time, and often without advance notice. The information here is presented without warranty, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy, timeliness, or completeness.