New Federal Drug Laws, New Sentencing Guidelines
For those who hoped for a stop to the escalation of the war on drugs, this isn't your year. During 2008, Congress snuck a few new laws in, and today the Sentencing Commission released its proposed guideline amendments for 2009 (pdf), adding the new offenses and increased penalties. They will appear in tomorrow's federal register and there are 60 days to provide comments.
- Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008. (starts at page 25)
- Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008 (starts at page 30)
The first prohibits controlled substance sales and advertising over the internet. The second prohibits drug sales on submarines (ok submersible vessels, and the difference is explained here.)
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