The US Congress repealed most the mandatory Minimum sentences that existed with the passage of Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970(35).
Youthful indiscretions = Hypocrisy?
NEWT GINGRICH "But why should somebody who makes their living by being a hero to young people get away with using drugs? And once they are proven they use drugs, why shouldn't they have an obligation to turn the drug dealer? They know somebody who is committing a felony."(36). Newt admitted to past drug use(37). Did he turn in all of his former connections? You have to wonder if he was high when he became a drug warrior extraordinaire.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama admitted he smoked marijuana and used some cocaine when he was in high school and college(38).
In his first race for president Bill Clinton became the third presidential candidate who had tried marijuana. He said "When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two and didn't like it. I didn't inhale and I didn't try again." The others were former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt and then US Senator (and soon to be VP) Al Gore of Tennessee. A question is did Al and Bruce had enough sense to inhale(39)?
President GW Bush has admitted to "youthful indiscretions". such as cocaine use(40).
How many have done it we will never know. How many are still doing it, again we will never know. Georgia had a law that every candidate for statewide office had to have a drug test and the results had to be negative. The Case went to the US Supreme Court. The same court that said it was OK drug test for student athletes, law enforcement officers and public transit employees. It rejected drug test for politicians(41). Did they fear what we would find out?
All of us can't be beltway power brokers. Who've seemingly forgot our past. How do the rest of us fair?
A police raid in the UK turned up tomato plants, instead of cannabis. Lulu Matheson who lives on the property said "I got a terrible fright and I couldn't understand what they were doing here because I knew we had nothing more than tomatoes in the window. I don't know what the neighbours must be thinking.". she also said "I started laughing because I knew they were tomato plants but it wasn't so funny when they frisked me and then started tearing the house apart.". the police were dissuaded by reality Mrs Matheson said "They even 'arrested' Zac, our black labrador, and Moby, our Jack Russell, putting them in the back of one of the cop cars,". And according to Mr Matheson (her husband) they bought in drug dogs he said "And I just couldn't believe it when they brought sniffer dogs all the way from Alness, which is about two hours away." ( 42 )
Scleroderma suffer Joseph Hutchins, was arrested in 1984 on charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis he received two year probation and an 85.00 fine. He appealed on the grounds he felt he didn't deserve a criminal record for a medical necessity. During the appeal process the state stiffened the charges, charging him with manufacturing, and cultivating a controlled substance. He was again convicted sentenced to a year in prison, all but 30 suspended (43 ).