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NCJ Number: 201061 Find in a Library
Title: MDMA Drug Offenses: Explanation of Recent Guideline Amendments
Corporate Author: US Sentencing Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: May 2001
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: US Sentencing Cmssn
Washington, DC 20002
Sale Source: US Sentencing Cmssn
1 Columbus Circle, NE
Suite 2-500, South Lobby
Washington, DC 20002
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report prepared by the United States Sentencing Commission provides an explanation of amendments to the Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000 regarding MDMA drug offenses and guideline penalties.
Abstract: Under the Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000, the United States Sentencing Commission was challenged with establishing a stringent penalty structure, while still allowing the sentencing guidelines to draw adequate penalty distinctions between drug offenders based on their functional role. Due to MDMA seriousness and unique properties, setting an appropriate penalty structure was a challenge. This report to Congress provides an explanation of recent guideline amendments in relation to MDMA drug offenses. The report is divided into six sections: (1) an introduction; (2) an explanation of guideline amendments promulgated for drug offenses; (3) estimated impact of the amendment; (4) MDMA characteristics; (5) additional factors the Act directed the Commission to consider when establishing the appropriate revised penalty for MDMA trafficking offenses; and (6) conclusion. The revised guideline penalties for MDMA offenses generally provide 5-year sentences for serious MDMA traffickers and 10-year sentences for high-level traffickers. The Commission believes these guidelines are appropriately and sufficiently severe to target serious and high-level MDMA traffickers, providing appropriate punishment, deterrence, and incentives for cooperation.
Main Term(s): Drug law offenses
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Designer drugs; Drug laws; MDMA (designer drug); Sentence effectiveness; Sentencing commissions; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing reform; Sentencing/Sanctions; US Sentencing Commission
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