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October 13, 2011

Bill Seeks Global Expansion of U.S. Controlled Substances Act

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would make it a federal crime for Americans to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that would violate the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA)—even if those activities are legal in the foreign country, The Huffington Post reports. According to Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, “Under this bill, if a young couple plans a wedding in Amsterdam, and as part of the wedding, they plan to buy the bridal party some marijuana, they would be subject to prosecution…. The purchase of and smoking the marijuana while you’re there wouldn’t be illegal, but this law would make planning the wedding from the U.S. a federal crime.” Specifically, the prosecutors could bring conspiracy charges against anyone who violates the CSA.

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