On February 21, 1975, former US Attorney General
John Mitchell, Nixon Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and domestic
adviser John Ehrlichman were sentenced to prison terms of 2 1/2 to 8
years for obstructing justice in the Watergate affair. Learn more about John
Mitchell from the Washington
On February 21, 1971, the United
Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances was signed
in Vienna, Austria. The Convention was promulgated to regulate
psychotropic drugs, extending the 1961 U.N. Single
Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which applied to cannabis-,
cocoa-, and opium-based drugs. In 1988, the U.N.
Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances was promulgated to address
international drug manufacture, possession, and distribution,
primarily in organized crime.175 nations
are now parties to the Convention. Member nations have implemented
the Convention in the form of domestic laws such as the U.S.
Psychotropic Substances Act, the U.K.
Misuse of Drugs Act, and the Canadian Controlled