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Justice Department lawyers argued in federal court Thursday against the nonprofit, Safehouse, which wants to open the site.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain, in a rare move, argued the case himself. He said Safehouse’s intended activities would clearly violate a portion of the federal Controlled Substances Act that makes it illegal to manage any site for the purpose of unlawfully using a controlled substance. The statute was added to the broader legislation in the mid-1980s at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in American cities.

Safehouse argued the law does not apply because the nonprofit’s main purpose is saving lives, not providing illegal drugs. Its board members said that the so-called crackhouse statute was not designed to be applied in the face of a public health emergency.

…continue reading ‘‘Crackhouse’ Or ‘Safehouse’? U.S. Officials Try To Block Philly’s Supervised Injection Site’

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