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Kentucky Gov. Beshear Adds More Synthetic Drugs to Schedule 1 List


Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed an emergency regulation adding six newly identified synthetic cannabinoids to the state’s controlled substance list. The regulation goes into effect immediately. This is the first time the governor has exercised the right to ban drugs by administrative regulation. House Bill 481 sponsored by John Tilley, of Hopkinsville, was signed into law this year allowing for the special ban. Tilley says the measure gives state law the ability to keep up with changes in synthetic drug formulas.

In a letter to Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Haynes, Drug Control Policy Executive Director identified the synthetic drugs.


The Office of Drug Control Policy in collaboration with the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab has identified new synthetic cannabinoids that are currently not identified in statute as Schedule 1 substances. The lab is still able to identify these substances as controlled substances however we believe it would be appropriate for the Cabinet of Health and Family Services to use its authority in Chapter 218A.020 to classify the following chemicals as Schedule 1 substances.

  For emergency scheduling – 6 drugs, by specific name – All Schedule I (non-narcotic)

1.) (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144)

2.) (1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (XLR-11)

3.) 2-(2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-[(2-methoxyphenyl)methyl]ethanamine (2,5H-NBOMe)

4.) 2-(4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-[(2-methoxyphenyl)methyl]ethanamine (2,5I-NBOMe)

5.) 2-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-[(2-methoxyphenyl)methyl]ethanamine (2,5B-NBOMe)

6.) 2-(4-chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-[(2-methoxyphenyl)methyl]ethanamine (2,5C-NBOMe)

#1 and #2 are cannabinoids.  #3, #4, #5, and #6 are all NBOMe versions (stimulants/hallucinogens)

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