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Controlled Substances Penalties Amendments Act

  • By: Hope Brasfield, Jeniimarie Febres & Gregory L. Stuart
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The Controlled Substances Penalties Amendments Act of 1984 was one of several amendments to the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, established under the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. It was established in response to a growing national concern regarding the use and abuse of substances in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.

Enacted on October 12, 1984, the Controlled Substances Penalties Amendments Act of 1984 amended 18 sections of the original act. These amendments covered multiple areas, including the definition of the degree to which certain substances are considered medically useful and/or addictive, the dissemination of controlled substances, the role of the attorney general of the United States, the exportation of controlled substances, and penalties for substance-related offenses.

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