Boggs Act of 1952

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Boggs Act of 1952
Great Seal of the United States
Long title An Act to amend the penalty provisions applicable to persons convicted of violating certain narcotic laws, and for other purposes.
Nicknames Marihuana and Narcotic Law Violators Act of 1951
Enacted by the 82nd United States Congress
Effective November 2, 1951
Public law 82-255
Statutes at Large 65 Stat. 767
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 3490 by Hale Boggs (DLA) on June 21, 1951
  • Committee consideration by House Ways and Means, Senate Finance
  • Passed the House on July 16, 1951 (Passed)
  • Passed the Senate on October 20, 1951 (Passed)
  • Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on November 2, 1951

The Boggs Act of 1952 amended the Narcotic Drugs Import and Export Act and set mandatory sentences for drug convictions. A first offense conviction for marijuana possession carried a minimum sentence of 2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000.[1][2]


The act was sponsored by Hale Boggs, a Louisiana Democrat.[3]

On November 2, 1951, Harry S. Truman signed the act into law.[4]

On January 4, 1952, under the provisions of the act, over 500 were arrested.[2][4]


External links[edit]

Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Harry S. Truman: "Executive Order 10302 - Interdepartmental Committee on Narcotics," November 2, 1951". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara. Retrieved 14 May 2016.