In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced this bill to close loopholes that allow international drug dealers to skirt U.S. laws:
drug traffickers continue to find new ways to circumvent our laws. To
reduce the flow of drugs into the U.S., the federal government needs the
legal authority to aggressively pursue transnational criminal
organizations and drug kingpins in their home countries.”
This legislation was passed
by both the Senate’s Finance and Judiciary committees, and the Senate
as a whole approved it unanimously in October 2015. It has the
bipartisan support of nine Senate cosponsors, including six Democrats
and three Republicans.
Of Note: The international
community, largely through the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs and
the International Narcotics Control Board, has stepped up efforts to
prevent drug traffickers from getting their hands on legal precursors to
more nefarious drugs. In July 2011, the Mexican government seized 840 metric tons (~1.8 million pounds) of meth precursors.
It was noted by High Times that this legislation could make it easier for the U.S. to extradite Colombians who grow coca, which is used to make cocaine. That may complicate efforts by that country’s government to make peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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