Getting Tough with Ecstasy

April 5, 2001

More Severe Penalty for Selling Ecstasy

On March 21, 2001, Diana Murphy, the chairperson of the United States Sentencing Commission, called for increased penalties for selling the hallucinogenic drug ecstasy. A popular drug at "raves," ecstasy use among teenagers and young adults has been on the rise in the past few years. In her report to the US Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Murphy listed the dangers of ecstasy use and advocated more severe penalties for people who manufacture, import, or sell ecstasy. The new penalties will target people who traffic ecstasy, not those who use it.

Penalties for Ecstasy Trafficking
Amount of EcstasyCurrent PenaltyNew Penalty
800 pills (200 grams)15 months in prison5 years in prison
8,000 pills (2,000 grams)41 months in prison10 years in prison


  1. Effect of Ecstasy on the Nervous System - from Neuroscience for Kids
  2. US Sentencing Commission
  3. Testimony of Diana Murphy of the US Sentencing Commission (PDF file)

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