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Crack Deal

Compromise on the crack-powder debate.

11:00 PM, Feb 18, 2009 • By JAMES F.X. O'GARA and JOHN P. WALTERS
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This change would to allow federal enforcement help against those individuals who pose disproportionate risk in particular communities, while removing from the reach of the law low-level offenders and those who are merely dependent users or addicts. President Bush sought just such a change toward the end of his second term but ran into election-year partisanship and legislative gridlock. The new administration has made noises about changing the law. Perhaps this is how President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Attorney General Holder can get it done.

John P. Walters is executive vice president of Hudson Institute and former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George W. Bush. James F.X. O'Gara served as deputy director for supply reduction of that office.