The Congress: The No-Knock Drug Bill

During the fortnight after President Nixon chided Congress for its failure to act on his anticrime proposals, the Senate, at least, has been busy. First, it passed a broad measure aimed at combatting organized crime. Last week, by an 82-0 vote, it approved a 100-page omnibus bill designed to intensify the federal attack on the drug traffic.

The bill is a congeries of compromises. It recognizes recent medical and scientific findings by differentiating between marijuana and more dangerous substances like heroin, LSD and amphetamines. It also acknowledges changing public opinion by distinguishing between drug use and sales. The possession or...

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