Psychotropic Substances Act (United States)
|Long title||An Act to amend the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and other laws to meet obligations under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances relating to regulatory controls on the manufacture, distribution, importation, and exportation of psychotropic substances, and for other purposes.|
|Nicknames||Psychotropic Substances Act of 1978|
|Enacted by||the 95th United States Congress|
|Effective||November 10, 1978|
|Statutes at Large||92 Stat. 3768|
|Titles amended||21 U.S.C.: Food and Drugs|
|U.S.C. sections amended||21 U.S.C. ch. 13, subch. I § 801 et seq.|
The Psychotropic Substances Act of 1978 amended the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and Controlled Substances Act to ensure compliance with the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. 21 U.S.C. § 801a notes, "It is the intent of the Congress that the amendments made by this Act, together with existing law, will enable the United States to meet all of its obligations under the Convention and that no further legislation will be necessary for that purpose." The Psychotropic Substances Act created mechanisms by which the U.S. Government would add substances to the Schedules of controlled substances as required by the Convention. It also established a framework for exercising the U.S.'s rights to influence drug scheduling at the international level. The Secretary of Health and Human Services was given the power to make scheduling recommendations that would be binding on the U.S. representative in discussions and negotiations related to drug scheduling proposals before the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
The Act viewed the regulations of Schedules IV and V of the Controlled Substances Act as being adequate to fulfill the minimum treaty obligations in the event of a disagreement between the U.S. and the U.N. on drug scheduling.
- Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Jimmy Carter: "Psychotropic Substances Act of 1978 Statement on Signing S. 2399 Into Law.," November 10, 1978". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.
- 21 U.S.C. § 801a. Congressional Findings and Declarations: Psychotropic Substances
- 21 U.S.C. § 811. Authority and criteria for classification of substances
- Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Jimmy Carter: "Drug Abuse Remarks on Transmitting a Message to the Congress.," August 2, 1977". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.
- Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Jimmy Carter: "Drug Abuse Message to the Congress.," August 2, 1977". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.