Applicability of 21 U.S.C. § 952(a) to the Importation of Morphine Sulfate by the General Services Administration


The provision in 21 U.S C. § 952(a), which prohibits importation of certain controlled substances except in certain specified circumstances, applies to importation by the United States government.

Notwithstanding the canon of statutory construction that a law should not be read to impose new burdens on the government in derogation of its preexisting nghts and privileges, well-established and consistent administrative practice and interpretation of the coverage of 21 U.S.C. § 952(a), as well as its legislative history, indicate that that law covers importations by the United States government.


Updated July 9, 2014