Japan’s Health Ministry Cracks Down on Hallucinogens and Quasi-legal Drugs

To clamp down on hallucinogens and quasi-legal drugs being sold as herbs, the health ministry will designate four types of regulated drugs as narcotics, ministry officials said Saturday.

The designation will be the first one in four years. The ministry plans to issue them more often — at least once a year — and impose a blanket regulation on drugs that produce similar effects but have slightly different ingredients, to tighten control of quasi-legal drugs and other hallucinogens, the officials said.

The four types of drugs — JWH-018, cannabicyclohexanol, MDPV and mephedrone — will be classified as narcotics, just like stimulants, as early as August.

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