In making any such recommendation regarding a substance, the state board of pharmacy shall consider the following factors:
(1) The actual or relative potential for abuse;
(2) The scientific evidence of its pharmacological effect, if known;
(3) The state of current scientific knowledge regarding the substance;
(4) The history and current pattern of abuse;
(5) The scope, duration and significance of abuse;
(6) The potential of the substance to produce psychic or physiological dependence liability; and
(7) Whether the substance is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under this article.
(b) After considering the factors enumerated in subsection (a), the state board of pharmacy shall make findings with respect to the substance under consideration. If it finds that any substance not already controlled under any schedule has a potential for abuse, it shall recommend to the Legislature that the substance be added to the appropriate schedule. If it finds that any substance already controlled under any schedule should be rescheduled or deleted, it shall so recommend to the Legislature.
(c) If the state board of pharmacy designates a substance as an immediate precursor, substances which are precursors of the controlled precursor shall not be subject to control solely because they are precursors of the controlled precursor.
(d) If any substance is designated, rescheduled or deleted as a controlled substance under federal laws and notice thereof is given to the state board of pharmacy, the board shall recommend similar control of such substance to the Legislature, specifically stating that such recommendation is based on federal action and the reasons why the federal government deemed such action necessary and proper.
(e) The authority vested in the board by subsection (a) of this section shall not extend to distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages or tobacco as those terms are defined or used in other chapters of this code nor to any nonnarcotic substance if such substance may under the "Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act" and the law of this state lawfully be sold over the counter without a prescription.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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