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Obama passed a new crack cocaine law but why does this law not apply to people w

  1. profile image52
    truth26posted 7 years ago

    Obama passed a new crack cocaine law but why does this law not apply to people who have been...

    previously convicted and already incarcerated?

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    Because those people have already been tried and sentenced.

  3. Sylvie Strong profile image58
    Sylvie Strongposted 7 years ago

    Congress passed it (not Obama, although he supported it and signed it).  Cocaine and crack cocaine are the same drug and it never made sense to have a disparity in the penalties applied to both.  Under prior law, possession of 5 grams of crack would get you a 5 year mandatory sentence.  It would take possession of 500 grams of cocaine to get you the same sentence.  The law is not retroactive because Congress decided it did not want to revisit those old cases.  I agree that prior law was unfairly applied but I can see the justification for not reopening the door to the punishments that have already been meted out.  Even though there was a sentencing disparity under prior law, people knew that (or should have known) when they broke the law.

  4. davidseeger profile image59
    davidseegerposted 7 years ago

    The US constitution prohibits laws being applied to actions committed before the passage of the new law.

  5. mom101 profile image60
    mom101posted 7 years ago

    there you have the answer.  Why waste taxpayer dollars?  Who knows which law will be "reintroduced". Maybe the idea behind the wheel is that, now that they are pretty much legal, maybe there will be less crime.
    What is the fine if someone writes a 10 bad check to purchase milk and bread? 
    Regardless of demo/repub, they were elected in.

  6. lostdogrwd profile image60
    lostdogrwdposted 7 years ago

    the old law was made to lock up blacks for crack cocaine if way cheaper and mostly poor people ( mostly blacks) do the drug while cocaine  which is mix with baking soda to make crack is for people who can afford it ,, it was a pure and simple a racist law to put more black in prison to make jobs. there never should had been a 10 to 1 difference in time for the dope. and addict need help not time in a prison but time in a recovery home some were. and it do apply to people who have been previously convicted and still in prison

  7. justom profile image69
    justomposted 7 years ago

    lostdogrwd-right on, this country will do anything to jail a brother!

  8. emmahunter588 profile image59
    emmahunter588posted 5 years ago

    Because those were sentenced before this cocaine law was applied. I think this is just fair, especially for those who are at the cocaine addiction treatment. Visit to know more about this.