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SELECT COMMITTEE ON
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WASHINGTON : 1989
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SELECT COMMITEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL
CHARLES B. RANGEL, New York, Chairman PETER W. RODINO, JR., New Jersey
BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York FORTNEY H. (PETE) STARK, California LAWRENCE COUGHLIN, Pennsylvania JAMES H. SCHEUER, New York
MICHAEL G. OXLEY, Ohio CARDISS COLLINS, Illinois
STAN PARRIS, Virginia DANIEL K. AKAKA, Hawaii
DUNCAN HUNTER, California FRANK J. GUARINI, New Jersey
JOSEPH J. DIOGUARDI, New York DANTE B. FASCELL, Florida
F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, JR., WALTER E. FAUNTROY, District of
· Wisconsin Columbia
ROBERT K. DORNAN, California
TOM LEWIS, Florida
EDWARD H. JURITH, Staff Director
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Dale Masi, professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work and
HEARING ON LEGALIZATION OF ILLICIT DRUGS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1988
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, DC. The select committee met, pursuant to call, at 9 a.m., in room 210, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. Charles B. Rangel (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Charles B. Rangel, James H. Scheuer, Frank J. Guarini, Michael G. Oxley, Lawrence J. Smith, Benjamin A. Gilman, Lawrence Coughlin, E. Clay Shaw, Jr., Robert K. Dornan, and Edolphus “Ed" Towns.
Also Present: Representative Robert Garcia.
Staff Present: Edward H. Jurith, staff director; James Alexander, professional staff; Barbara A. Stolz, professional staff; George R. Gilbert, staff counsel; Michael J. Kelley, staff counsel; Elliott A. Brown, minority staff director; Richard Baum, minority professional staff; Deborah E. Bodlander, minority professional staff; Tina Stavros, staff assistant; and Robert Weiner, press officer.
Mr. RANGEL. Good morning. The House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control hearing will come to order and will continue.
This is the second day of hearings on the question of decriminalization and legalization of narcotic drugs. Yesterday over a period of about 8 hours we had the opportunity to listen to some 20 or so witnesses. Today we will listen to a dozen more.
As I assured those people who want to discuss this issue, this committee is prepared to meet and have hearings as long as we think there is something that has to be said on this very sensitive and sometimes emotional issue. I think yesterday's hearings proved that people who talk about legalization are basically talking about opening up discussion, having debate, but very few have thought through the problems and the risks that would be involved, and hardly any have agreed that we have done all we can on the local and State and certainly the Federal level before we would throw up our hands in frustration.
Certainly it is interesting to note that, while there has been a failure in the Federal Government to establish a “treatment on demand" policy where everyone who really wants treatment can get it, many of the mayors who are most vocal in this issue have done very little to expand the treatment part of their policies in the cities, and even in the city of New York we have no city rehabilitation programs but instead rely solely on the State to provide that type of treatment.