The German Parliament has decided on a amendment of the Controlled Substances Act (BtMG), in order to bring a number of substances under the control of the act. The amendment still needs to be approved by the Federal Council.
In January 2009, the Ministry of Health already banned rbal blends like "spice" and similar cannabinoid containing products, by using an emergence control measure for JWH-018 and CP 47.497 and homologues. his emergency control measure is only valid for one year and can only be validated by a permanent ban. Now these cannabinoids will be brought under permanent control.
Three other substances are also banned, due to their potential for addiction and the associated health risks::
The new drug Tapentadol will be placed under the control of the controlled medicine act, so that it can be prescribed as a medicine in pain therapy.
- two synthetic cannabinoids (JWH-019 und JWH-073), which have newly appeared as active ingredients of herbal blends, on the German market,
- Mephedrone (4-Methylmethcathinone), which has a similar effect as Ecstasy and Cocaine.
The law will be sent to the Federal Council for approval.
German Press release
Full text of the ban