Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: Important Amendments to Anti-Methamphetamine Act 7/28/00

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Opponents of H.R. 2987, the infamous "Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act," won a major victory last Tuesday, with the striking by the Judiciary Committee of provisions infringing on the right to free speech, including provisions banning distribution of information relating to the manufacture of a controlled substances, banning the advertising of drug paraphernalia, and allowing federal agencies to order Internet service providers to take down web pages they claim are illegal.

The Committee also passed an amendment allowing federal judges to divert nonviolent drug offenders charged solely with possession of an illegal drug into drug treatment or other alternative sentencing. An earlier provision allowing secret searches was also struck last week.

At the same time, however the Committee added text to turn H.R. 2987 into the "Methamphetamine and Club Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000," enacting new mandatory minimum penalties for offenses involving methamphetamine, ecstasy and other substances.

A victory has been won for free speech, but the drug war rages on. DRCNet will keep you informed on this legislation and will issue action alerts as needed. Further information on H.R. 2987 and the Judiciary Committee activity can be found online at http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/newsrelease/july262000.htm.

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