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SELECT COMMITTEE ON
NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

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WASHINGTON : 1989

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office

U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402

SELECT COMMITEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL

(100th Congress)

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
WILLIAM J. HUGHES, New Jersey

TOM LEWIS, Florida
MEL LEVINE, California
SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas
LAWRENCE J. SMITH, Florida
EDOLPHUS “ED” TOWNS, New York
JAMES A. TRAFICANT, JR., Ohio

COMMITTEE STAFF

EDWARD H. JURITH, Staff Director
ELLIOTT A. BROWN, Minority Staff Director

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HEARING ON LEGALIZATION OF ILLICIT DRUGS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1988

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SELECT COMMITTEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL,

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.

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