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Cocaine Laws

  • By: Michael Williams
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

Sentence disparities between powder and crack cocaine were enacted in 1986 under the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. This act imposed strict penalties for simple possession and/or trafficking of crack cocaine as a result of the crack epidemic of the early 1980s. A ...

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