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.

I would like to share with you the mountains of solid, empirical evidence Health Canada has amassed on new psychoactive substances. And, if any existed, I surely would share it. Sadly, as far as I can tell Health Canada stopped doing anything approaching credible science long ago. PowerPoint bullet lists of tabloid headlines is about their current level of intellectual engagement.

Fortunately not every country has abdicated public health in favour of empty self-congratulatory piffle. Italy, for example, just published 1700 pages of hard, analytical data on over 250 new drugs. There is more substantive content in this single document than the whole of Health Canada’s truly pathetic and embarrassingly irrelevant website. Hyperbole? No. Take a look at their Science and Research Page and tell me that fills you with patriotic pride.

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Updated 27 July 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.