Crack Vs Cocaine

Crack Vs Cocaine - Cooc 1 Andy Cooc Deva Chopyak Sociology...

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Cooc 1 Andy Cooc Deva Chopyak Sociology 301 15 June 2008 Crack and Cocaine Despite the similar effects between the two illegal drugs crack and powder cocaine, the two drug exhibits a huge difference in the sentencing policy. Powder cocaine is obtained and derived from the leaves of cocoa plants, whereas crack cocaine is created from powder cocaine by neutralizing it with baking soda and water. This forms a hard substance that looks much like a rock called crack. With an exemption that powder cocaine is snorted and crack is smoked, crack is basically cocaine. The most important difference between the two drugs is crack permits the user to a quick and very extreme high, while the powder cocaine allows the user to a slower and a weaker high. So why is there a huge difference in the penalty and sentencing policy associated with the possession of these two drugs? The reason why there is a difference in the consequence associated with the two drugs is because crack is more highly addictive and dangerous than powder cocaine. Since crack is more addictive and relatively less expensive compared to powder cocaine, a conviction of 5 grams of
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2008 for the course SOC 301 taught by Professor Chopyak during the Spring '08 term at Berkeley.

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