Individuals receiving financial assistance from any level of government and using that financial assistance to buy illegal products (drugs, etc.) or conduct illegal activities (donating to terrorist groups, etc.), or placing themselves or others into an illegal state of being (drunk, etc.) should be charged not only for the actual offense but also for using government funds in the process. The penalties would be based on the actual facts of each case but could be set by the courts at a rate of several cents per government-funded dollar used. The penalty assessed would be as if the criminal individual stole an equivalent amount of money (as was used to purchase the drugs, for example) from the government. Thus, a charge of theft of that amount would be levied.
Individuals on a government financial assistance program (receiving some kind of welfare) should never get straight cash payments or money without strings attached. They should be prohibited from purchasing ‘luxuries’ as defined by that government agency or state, unless exempted by the funding agreement. For example, getting their hair professionally styled, nails manicured, subscribing to cable TV, participating in gambling, buying the latest model phone, and other such things would be some examples of ‘luxuries’ whose purchases would be prohibited while on government financial assistance.