As part of its never-ending battle against subversive substances, the DEA moved last month to schedule 2C-T-7 (2,5-dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylthiophene-thylamine) as a Schedule I controlled substance -- one with a high danger of abuse and no medical value. 2C-T-7, first synthesized by Dr. Alexander Shulgin in 1981, has in recent years emerged as part of the rave and psychonaut scenes. A hallucinogen, 2C-T-7 produces strong effects in small doses and has been linked to three deaths in the US in the last two years (http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/2ct7/2ct7.html).
But the DEA move is not going unchallenged. The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics has submitted written comments to the DEA opposing the agency's intent to schedule the drug, sometimes known as "Blue Mystic," after a brand marketed in the Netherlands in 2000 and 2001. In its comments, CCLE argued that scheduling 2C-T-7 would infringe on cognitive liberty, "the fundamental right of the individual to self-determine his or her mental processes and to engage in multiple modes of thought."
CCLE also disputed the agency's finding that 2C-T-7 was subject to "widespread" abuse, a finding that allows the DEA to act on an emergency interim basis. According to CCLE, the DEA relied on Internet postings discussing 2C-T-7 as evidence of widespread abuse, thus equating discussion of using the substance with its abuse. Such a finding chills the First Amendment rights of those discussing the drug, argued CCLE, and discourages the dissemination of health and safety information about drugs.
"Placing 2C-T-7 in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act will make criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who merely possess the substance, and/or ingest it responsibly to occasion a particular mode of thinking, " wrote CCLE attorney Richard Glen Boire in the comment to the DEA. "Freedom of thought is inextricably linked with the freedom and autonomy of each citizen to self-determine his or her own brain chemistry. By placing 2C-T-7 into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the fundamental cognitive liberty of peaceful, responsible, and intelligent Americans to modulate their own thinking processes is infringed upon in an overly broad and unconstitutional manner."
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