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Etizolam Legal Status

Etizolam is sometimes classed as a research chemical, as it is sold by many online vendors that specialise in these types of designer drugs. Etizolam however is a medicine that is prescribed in some countries, notably Japan. This sets it apart from traditional research chemicals, which typically have questionable medical utility.

The appeal of Etizolam is that it is a Benzo-like drug that is potentially not subject to the same legal restrictions as similar Benzo drugs like Valium or Xanax.

The legality of Etizolam however is dependent on what country or State you live in. To learn more about the legal status of this research chemical read on.

United States

Much of the online interest in Etizolam is centred around the United States, where it avoids drug legislation in many states.

The FDA does not authorise Etizolam for medicinal use in the states. At present Etizolam is unscheduled at the federal level and is legal to purchase for research purposes.

At the State level however Etizolam is now illegal in 6 States as of March 2016.

In Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama Etizolam is controlled and illegal to buy or sell.

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In Japan the drug is known by the trade name Dapas. From October of 2016 it was made illegal under Japanese benzodiazepine analogue laws.


Since 2013 Etizolam has been a controlled substance in Germany that is illegal to buy or sell.


Etizolam is covered by the Danish Misuse of Drugs act making it illegal.

United Kingdom

Etizolam is not covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. It is probable that is would fall under the scope of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 which would make it illegal.

The Psychoactive Substances Act exempts “medicinal products” as defined in the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.

Here a medicinal product is defined as “any substance or combination of substances presented as having properties of preventing or treating disease in human beings”.

It is argued that as Etizolam has an EU Marketing authorisation and is sold legally as a medicine in Italy with prescription, in its pharmaceutical form it is a medicinal product.

This would free it from the Psychoactive Substances Act and make it quasi-legal to possess. However, if you are living in the UK you might want to consult your solicitor on this one!


Etizolam is not mentioned in the Controlled Drugs and Substances act of Canada. It should be legal to posses in this country.


The sale of Etizolam is not regulated in Poland, and it is considered to be a “grey market” drug. Its legal status is similar to many other research chemicals.


In many countries Etizolam exists in a legal gray area. It is generally not covered by the older drug legislation and because it is an authorized medicine in many states it may not be explicitly covered by the UK Psychoactives Bill.

However, individuals should exercise caution anywhere where Etizolam is specifically mentioned by the law, such as one of the 6 US States where it has been banned as a Benzo analogue.