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MDMA Drug Laws & Policy

Rolling behind bars isn’t fun!

(Once you come down)*

MDMA a.k.a. “Molly” is legally controlled throughout the majority of the civilized world under the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances, however certain exceptions exist for research purposes. Don’t get your hopes up though, because the unlicensed sale, use or manufacture of MDMA are all criminal offenses. Stay out of jail kids!

United States

It was legal and unregulated until May 31, 1985. 


MDMA is illegal to buy, sell, or possess in Austria..


MDMA is illegal to buy, sell, or possess in Belgium.


MDMA is listed as a controlled substance, making production, distribution, or possession illegal.


MDMA is Schedule III in Canada, meaning it requires a prescription or license to legally possess.


MDMA is illegal to buy, sell, or possess in Denmark.


MDMA is Schedule 3 in Egypt meaning it requires a prescription or license to legally possess.


MDMA is in Finland’s list of controlled substances, in the hard-drug category. (last updated Oct 8, 2012)


MDMA is Schedule I in Germany (the most restrictive category). It is illegal to buy, sell, or possess, except for limited medical or research purposes.


MDMA is classified as a “hard drug” in the Netherlands, making it illegal to sell, manufacture, or possess in large amounts. However, possession of small amounts for personal use is ignored and generally not prosecuted, yet it is still illegal. (last updated Jun 19 2013)

New Zealand

MDMA was recategorized from class B2 to the stricter class B1 controlled substance on Aug 2 2005.


MDMA is Schedule I in Norway, illegal to buy or possess without a license. See Norway Law


According to Article 2999 in the Peruvian penal code, personal possession of small amounts individual drugs is not a crime. The list of maximum quantities include 2000mg of cocaine, 5000 mg cocaine basic paste, 8000 mg of cannabis, 2000mg of cannabis derivatives, 1000 mg of opium latex or 200mg of opium derivatives, 250mg of MDA or MDMA. See  (last updated Feb 26, 2013)


Effective July 2001, personal use of MDMA was decriminalized by Law 30/2000 (see text of law). Possession of less than 1 g is not regarded as a criminal offense, though the substance is liable to be seized and the possessor can be referred to mandatory treatment. Sale, or possession of quantities greater than the personal possession limit, are criminal offenses punishable by jail time.


MDMA is illegal to buy, sell, or possess in Sweden, but we have been unable to find the specifics of the law.


MDMA is Schedule I/Class A in the U.K., making it illegal to sell, buy, or possess without a license.

If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.