War On Drugs: Legislation in the 108th Congress and Related Developments [Updated February 6, 2003] [open pdf - 89KB]
"In recent years, Congress has taken an increasingly punitive stance toward drug addicts and casual users alike. A different approach has been taken by certain countries in Europe and elsewhere that are experimenting with less restrictive policies such as decriminalization and 'harm reduction' programs. The 108th Congress will receive strong encouragement from the Executive Branch to continue on its current path. [...] Drug control issues likely to be taken up in the first session of the 108th Congress include: (1) the drug control budgets for both FY2003 and FY2004, which involve most of the appropriations bills; (2) reauthorization of ONDCP [Office of National Drug Control Policy], the office of the 'drug czar,' which is set to expire on September 30, 2003; (3) reauthorization of the National Youth Anti- Drug Media Campaign, run by ONDCP; (4) nomination of a new administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) due to the confirmation of the current administrator as Under-Secretary in the new Department of Homeland Security; and (5) further measures to control the use of MDMA (Ecstasy) and other so-called 'club drugs.'"
CRS Issue Brief for Congress, IB10113
U.S. Dept. of State, Foreign Press Centers: http://fpc.state.gov/