FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act
Here's some more federal interference from our reps in DC.
This is lifted from the conference report on a federal appropriations bill There's plenty more drug-related legislation in this act.  If you're interested, here look on the House Web page for information about the FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act

FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act
Omnibus Appropriations Bill
(this is distinct from the DC appropriations bill and the Barr Amendment).

Selected Text of the Conference Report for H.R. 4328 as printed in the
Congressional Record of October 19, 1998



Subtitle B--Rejection of Legalization of Drugs


(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
(1) Illegal drug use is harmful and wrong.
(2) Illegal drug use can kill the individuals involved or
cause the individuals to hurt or kill others, and such use
strips the individuals of their moral sense.
(3) The greatest threat presented by such use is to the
youth of the United States, who are illegally using drugs in
increasingly greater numbers.
(4) The people of the United States are more concerned
about illegal drug use and crimes associated with such use
than with any other current social problem.
(5) Efforts to legalize or otherwise legitimize drug use
present a message to the youth of the United States that drug
use is acceptable.
(6) Article VI, clause 2 of the Constitution of the United
States states that ``[t]his Constitution, and the laws of the
United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and
all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the
authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of
the land; and judges in every state shall be bound thereby,
any thing in the Constitution or laws of any state to the
contrary notwithstanding.''.
(7) The courts of the United States have repeatedly found
that any State law that conflicts with a Federal law or
treaty is preempted by such law or treaty.
(8) The Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.)
strictly regulates the use and possession of drugs.
(9) The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic
in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrophic Substances Treaty
similarly regulates the use and possession of drugs.
(10) Any attempt to authorize under State law an activity
prohibited under such Treaty or the Controlled Substances Act
would conflict with that Treaty or Act.

(b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
(1) the several States, and the citizens of such States,
should reject the legalization of drugs through legislation,
ballot proposition, constitutional amendment, or any other
means; and
(2) each State should make efforts to be a drug-free State.



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It is the sense of the Congress that--
(1) certain drugs are listed on Schedule I of the
Controlled Substances Act if they have a high potential for
abuse, lack any currently accepted medical use in treatment,
and are unsafe, even under medical supervision;
(2) the consequences of illegal use of Schedule I drugs are
well documented, particularly with regard to physical health,
highway safety, and criminal activity;
(3) pursuant to section 401 of the Controlled Substances
Act, it is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or dispense
marijuana, heroin, LSD, and more than 100 other Schedule I
(4) pursuant to section 505 of the Federal Food, Drug and
Cosmetic Act, before any drug can be approved as a medication
in the United States, it must meet extensive scientific and
medical standards established by the Food and Drug
Administration to ensure it is safe and effective;
(5) marijuana and other Schedule I drugs have not been
approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat any
disease or condition;
(6) the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act already
prohibits the sale of any unapproved drug, including
marijuana, that has not been proven safe and effective for
medical purposes and grants the Food and Drug Administration
the authority to enforce this prohibition through seizure and
other civil action, as well as through criminal penalties;
(7) marijuana use by children in grades 8 through 12
declined steadily from 1980 to 1992, but, from 1992 to 1996,
has dramatically increased by 253 percent among 8th graders,
151 percent among 10th graders, and 84 percent among 12th
graders, and the average age of first-time use of marijuana
is now younger than it has ever been;
(8) according to the 1997 survey by the Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 500,000 8th
graders began using marijuana in the 6th and 7th grades;

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(9) according to that same 1997 survey, youths between the
ages of 12 and 17 who use marijuana are 85 times more likely
to use cocaine than those who abstain from marijuana, and 60
percent of adolescents who use marijuana before the age of 15
will later use cocaine; and
(10) the rate of illegal drug use among youth is linked to
their perceptions of the health and safety risks of those
drugs, and the ambiguous cultural messages about marijuana
use are contributing to a growing acceptance of marijuana use
among children and teenagers;
(11) Congress continues to support the existing Federal
legal process for determining the safety and efficacy of
drugs and opposes efforts to circumvent this process by
legalizing marijuana, and other Schedule I drugs, for
medicinal use without valid scientific evidence and the
approval of the Food and Drug Administration; and
(12) not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment
of this Act--
(A) the Attorney General shall submit to the Committees on
the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Senate
a report on--
(i) the total quantity of marijuana eradicated in the
United States during the period from 1992 through 1997; and
(ii) the annual number of arrests and prosecutions for
Federal marijuana offenses during the period described in
clause (i); and
(B) the Commissioner of Foods and Drugs shall submit to the
Committee on Commerce of the House of Representatives and the
Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate a report
on the specific efforts underway to enforce sections 304 and
505 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act with respect
to marijuana and other Schedule I drugs.

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