Crack House Statute Law and Legal Definition

Crack house statute is a federal statute codified in 21 USC § 856 which makes it a felony to knowingly open, lease, rent, use, or maintain any place for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing, or using any controlled substance. It permitted the Justice Department to prosecute property owners who knowingly and intentionally allowed others to use their property to hold events for the purpose of distributing or using drugs. For example, it was used to prosecute people such as motel owners and car repair shop owners who knowingly and intentionally allowed their premises to be used for drug distribution. The statute is amended by the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2003 which makes it more feasible to successfully prosecute rogue event promoters.