On September 23, the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, was scheduled to consider a new bill that would add mandatory minimum sentences to many non-violent drug offenses. Here are two:
Anyone convicted in federal court of the crime of "enticing" someone "who has previously been enrolled in a drug treatment program" to "possess"marijuana (by passing a joint, for instance) will receive a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.
A first time offender who is convicted of distributing a small amount of marijuana to aperson under 21 years of age will get a five-year mandatory minimum sentence... and a 10-year sentence if the marijuana is distributed to a person under 18.
By John Amato — September 27, 2004
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