New medical study challenges disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine

December 1996
Jet;12/09/96, Vol. 91 Issue 4, p24
Discusses the results of a medical study done by Dr. Dorothy K. Hatsukami at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Marian W. Fischman at Columbia University which prove that the physiological and psychoactive effects of crack and powdered cocaine are very similar. The idea that crack and powdered cocaine produced different effects as the impetus for a sentencing disparity; The suggestion by authors to reduce the sentencing disparity from 100 to one down to 2 to one.


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