Sen. Broden has introduced SB 102 which would exercise the state’s discretion under 21 USC 862a to allow someone convicted of a drug offense to be eligible for food stamps if the person hasn’t had a drug conviction in the prior 5 years or is being tested at least every two months while living in a halfway house or is in a certified substance abuse program.
There is a certain logic to the notion that, if you can afford drugs, you can afford food instead. On the other hand, the war on (some) drugs has not proven to be a very cost-effective undertaking. If you reduced the number of people in jail for drug offenses, you could probably afford to have a lot more people on food stamps. I guess I don’t have any strong opinions on this legislation one way or another.