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Crack Cocaine Legalities

During the 1980s, cocaine and crack cocaine became increasingly popular and available in the U.S. There were differences in how the two substances were viewed for purposes of prosecution, although they are basically the same drug. In 1986, with the passage of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine given a five-year mandatory, minimum sentence, even for a first offense. The same sentence existed for possession of at least 500 grams of cocaine. Nationwide, “Simple possession of any quantity of any other substance by a first-time offender--including powder cocaine--is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a maximum of one year in prison.” (21 U.S.C.