For the past several years, 25i (or synthetic LSD), a designer drug, has been sold and used in the greater Houston area. Many user believed this drug to be “legal”, and they were correct within the State of Texas for a short time.
In Texas, drugs are listed by schedules (in the Controlled Substances Act) and assigned to penalty groups identifying the punishment ranges for possession or distribution of each drug. Because of the technical nature of the Controlled Substances Act, the chemicals comprising 25i [4-IODO-2,5-dimethoxy-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)phenethylamine] were simply not listed under any schedule or penalty group. Thus, 25i was technically legal within the state.
In late 2013, however, the Federal Government took steps to criminalize this chemical compound. Following suit, Texas similarly declared this chemical compound to be illegal. By notice and publication in the Texas Registry on February 7, 2014, the Department of State Health Services classified 25i as a temporary Schedule I drug, making it illegal in Texas 21 days after publication. Therefore, on February 28, 2014, 25i (synthetic LSD) became illegal.
Users and sellers beware!