MDMA (Ecstasy) Federal Sentencing Guidelines
UPDATE: Feb 27, 2001
The U.S. Sentencing Commission has backed down
on its proposed intention to equate MDMA with heroin under the
Federal Sentencing Guidelines. That equivalency would have set
the Federal Sentencing Guidelines punishment for MDMA offenses
at the same level as heroin offenses, assigning to 1 gram of
MDMA a marijuana equivalency of 1000 grams.
The Commission is now proposing to equate
1 gram of MDMA to 500 grams of marijuana, placing MDMA at the
same punishment level as offenses involving the same amount,
by weight, of methadone, oxycodone, or hydrocodone.
Additionally, the Sentencing Commission has agreed to hear limited
public comment concerning MDMA at its public hearing scheduled
for March 19, 2001.
The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE), in conjunction
with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
(MAPS), Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and the National
Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), is working
to present the testimony of several experts at this hearing.
The public hearing will be held on March 19, 2001, at the Thurgood
Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E.,
Washington, D.C. 20002-8002.
A person who desires to testify at the public hearing should
notify Michael Courlander, Public Affairs Officer, at (202) 502-4590,
not later than March 9, 2001. Written testimony for the public
hearing must be received by the Commission not later than March
9, 2001. Timely submission of written testimony is a requirement
for testifying at the public hearing. The Commission requests
that, to the extent practicable, commentators submit an electronic
version of the comment and of the testimony for the public hearing.
Public comment should be sent to: United States Sentencing Commission,
One Columbus Circle, N.E., Suite 2-500, Washington, D.C. 20002-8002,
The Sentencing Commissionís web site is at: http://www.ussc.gov.
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