On April 7, the board unanimously voted to write emergency rules to ban sale and possession of substituted cathinone products in Washington; the rules were filed April 15. The board voted to classify the products as Schedule I controlled substances in Washington, making it illegal to make, sell, deliver, or possess them. Idaho and Oregon have also banned these substances.
A state rule banning these substances is an effective tool for local law enforcement. The ban is also intended as a deterrent to substituted cathinone use and sale in our state.
The Washington State Board of Pharmacy website (www.doh.wa.gov) has more information.