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This act is one of the major acts ever passed by Congress in the history of our nation. It is a highly debated topic because of the cost is puts on the US. However, it is easy to say that the costs we put up, has substantially helped to stop the flow of drugs into the US, slightly. In fact, from 1986-1992, there was a 300% increase in the number of incarcerated drug offenders. Due to such strict policies under this act, many "kingpins" have been put down. But, in the end America is no closer to winning Nixon's "War on Drugs".
-President can increase tariffs on products from countries that do not cooperate with the United States to help stop illegal drug importing. -Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drugs (which never existed before this act) -1,000 grams heroine/5,000 grams powder cocaine/50 grams crack = minimum of 10 years. -100 grams heroine/500 grams powder cocaine/5 grams crack = minimum of 5 years.
After being enacted by the President the formerly named "Omnibus Drug Enforcement, Education, and Control Act of 1986" became the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.
The Bill was presented to President Ronald Reagan and signed on the same day. It became Public Law No: 99-570. Referred to as the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.
The Bill was signed in the Senate, to be sent to the President, the next day.
The Senate and the House cleared the bill for the White House.
The House of Representatives passed the bill, on 9/11/1986 by "Yea-Nay Vote: 392 - 16".
The bill was passed by the Committee of the Whole.
The Omnibus Drug Enforcement, Education, and Control Act of 1986 proposed by James C. Wright was heavily cosponsored. In fact, there were 301 cosponsors.
Democratic U.S. Congressman from Texas, James C. Wright, proposed the first major bill to aid Nixon's "War on Drugs".
Crack had just been introduced in the mid 1980's and was highly used because of its cheapness and the ability to be smoked. It was associated with a spike in violent street crime, causing the public to cry out.
The American federal government was not majorly involved with drug issues during the 1950's and 1960's but in 1971, President Nixon launched a "war on drugs". The main intention of this war was to reduce the illegal drug trade; which was flooding America.
There was a spike of heroine usage among U.S. servicemen in Vietnam, also after returning to the US. 10-15% of the soldiers were addicted to heroine.