Press Advisory:  July 20, 2001

 Illinois Governor To Sign
One of the Nation’s Toughest New Ecstasy Laws

Any day now, Illinois Governor George H. Ryan is expected to sign into law one of the nation’s harshest laws concerning possession of the popular drug Ecstasy (MDMA). Under the new law, a person convicted of possessing just 15 doses of Ecstasy in Illinois will receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 4 years in prison, up to a maximum of 15 years.

The law will also set new mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of possessing small amounts of Ecstasy for sale. Possession of 15 doses of Ecstasy with intent to distribute will result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 6 years in an Illinois prison, up to a maximum of 30 years.

The Governor has until August 7, 2001 to sign the bill (HB 126), which was passed by the Illinois House of Representatives on June 8.  

For Comments, Quotes, and Additional Resources 
on why HB 126 is Bad Public Policy, please contact:

Richard Richard Glen Boire, Esq.
Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
PO Box 73481
Davis, CA 95617
Telephone & Fax: 530-750-7912

Mr. Boire is one of the Nation’s experts on the law and policy of Ecstasy and other consciousness altering drugs. Earlier this year he testified about Ecstasy before the US Sentencing Commission in Washington D.C.

According to Attorney Boire, “it’s ironic that the mandatory minimum sentence under Illinois’ new Ecstasy law is 4 years -- the same amount of time needed to obtain a college education.”

“Given that Ecstasy is popular with otherwise law-abiding college students,” Boire continues, “Governor Ryan’s new law will result in some young people being forced out of college classrooms and into prison cells. What possible good does that do?”