JWH-018 has attracted negative government attention in Argentina, particularly following moves by Chile and Brazil to control JWH-018. Its legal status in Argentina remains ambiguous.
JWH-018 is illegal in Austria.
As of 18th June 2010, JWH-018 is listed as a controlled psychotropic
substance by ANVISA, the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil. .
JWH-018 falls under item 1 of Schedule 2 of the Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act which lists similar synthetic preparations of ∆-9-THC and other Cannabinoids .
Sale of the smoking blend Spice has been banned from commercial shops in the Channel Islands . JWH-018 itself is not scheduled or controlled.
JWH-018 is illegal in Chile .
JWH-018 is illegal in France as of February 24th, 2009 .
JWH-018 is illegal in Germany as of January 22nd, 2009 .
JWH-018 is illegal in Luxembourg .
JWH-018 is illegal in the Netherlands [source needed].
JWH-018 is illegal in Poland as of May, 2009 .
JWH-018 is illegal in Romania .
Smoking mixtures, including AM-HI-CO, Dream, Spice (Gold, Diamond), Zoom, Ex-ses, Pep Spice, Yucatan Fire and others are considered controlled substances, however JWH-018 and other synthetic Cannabinoid agonists have not been directly declared as scheduled or illegal.
JWH-018 is a class B controlled substance in the UK under an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, effective 23rd December 2009. A number of other synthetic cannabinoids were also controlled as these laws came into effect.
JWH-018 is currently unscheduled at the Federal level. It is not a structural or positional isomer of any scheduled compound, including ∆-9-THC and HU-210
(both Schedule I substances). It may however contravene the Federal Analog Act
under certain circumstances due to the functional similarity to Schedule I substances.
On 24th November 2010 the Federal Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) published a notice of intent to use their emergency scheduling powers to add JWH-018, along with several other synthetic cannabinoids, to schedule I of the controlled substances list. This declaration triggers a minimum consultation period of 30 days. An official decision by the DEA is yet to be announced.
Despite remaining unregulated at the federal level at this time, laws prohibiting the possession and sale of JWH-018 and other synthetic cannabinoids have been passed in several US states and municipalities.