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Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act

  • By: Cassandra Atkin & Gaylene S. Armstrong
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Throughout the 1990s, the abuse of methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug, increased significantly. Individuals and communities throughout the United States were negatively affected by an increase in deaths due to the ingestion of methamphetamine, an increase in violent crimes associated with methamphetamine, and an increase in the illegal importation of methamphetamine and its precursor compounds used to illegally manufacture the drug. To combat the use and illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, the Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act (CMCA) of 1996 was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 3, 1996. The CMCA seeks to both prevent the illegal manufacturing and use of methamphetamine throughout the United States and, in accordance with Title I of this law, to decrease the amount of methamphetamine ...

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