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Possessing a few ounces of marijuana is a felony in most states, as is growing a single marijuana plant.As a result, Americans convicted of a marijuana felony, even if they are disabled, may no longer receive federal welfare or food stamps.Nancy, for your tireless efforts on behalf of all of us, and the love you've shown the children in your Just Say No program, I thank you and personally dedicate this bill to you. The law's first conquest was David Ronald Chandler, known as "Ronnie." Ronnie grew marijuana in a small town in rural, northeast Alabama. Ronnie was sentenced to death for supposedly hiring someone to kill his brother-in-law. Clinton commuted Chandler's death sentence to life.And with great pleasure, I will now sign the Anti-Drug... While we agree Nancy Reagan is to be lauded for her caretaking of her husband the past ten years, we must also point out that she is responsible for the "Just Say No" campaign against drugs, which ultimately deteriorated into a punchline. Not long ago in Oakland, Calif., I was asked by a group of children what to do if they were offered drugs.
Twenty-four states pass three-strikes laws between 19, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 2003: Congress creates, increases, or expands nearly 40 mandatory minimum sentences.
Drug abuse was no longer considered a form of illness; all drug use was deemed immoral, and punishing drug offenders was thought to be more important than getting them off drugs.