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Harrison Act

  • In: Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorthy Moses Schulz & M. R. Haberfeld
  • Subject:General Criminology & Criminal Justice, Police Studies (general)

The Harrison Act, passed by Congress in 1914, was the first federal law in the United States to criminalize the nonmedical use of drugs. The chief proponent of the measure was Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, a major force in ...

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