Nancy Botwin would claim she started dealing pot to support her family. You see, Nancy thought it was more important to maintain her family’s affluent lifestyle after the unexpected death of her husband than to keep her sons, Silas and Shane, happy and healthy in a slightly less posh existence while she worked a regular (and legal) job like the rest of us. Through the course of several seasons, she puts her family in danger countless times by getting into turf wars with drug gangs, dating a DEA agent and running a front business for Mexican drug lords while dating their boss, who happens to be the very corrupt fictional mayor of Tijuana. Her family has to move several times to cover her illegal affairs (once burning the home before they go) and both her sons nearly die numerous times. Proving that she is a positive role model for her children, both her sons dabble in running their own weed businesses throughout the series.