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National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (1972)

  • By: Daniel Bessner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (NCMDA), also known as the “Shafer Commission” because former Pennsylvania Republican Governor Raymond P. Shafer chaired the group, was created with the passing of the federal-level Public Law 91–513 (P.L. 91–513) on October 27, 1970. In Part F of P.L. 91–513, whose full title was the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, but which is popularly referred to as the Controlled Substances Act, the NCMDA was created as a research body designated with the task of analyzing “the nature and scope of [marijuana] use, the effects of the drug, the relationship of marihuana use to other behavior and the efficacy of existing law.” The commission was required to present the findings of their research to the ...

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