The Narcotics Control Act, passed by Congress in 1956, increased sentences for drug traffickers to a five-year mandatory minimum for a first offense as well as a 10-year mandatory minimum for all subsequent violations. The Act also prevented judges from suspending sentences or imposing probation in cases where they felt a prison sentence was too harsh or inappropriate.
Source: Narcotics Control Act of 1956 (n.d.). United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
|Drugs:||Cannabis (marijuana), Coca (cocaine), Opium (morphine, heroin, opioids)|
|Regions:||USA (United States of America)|
|Topics:||Taxation and regulation|