preview

Anti Opium Act Research Paper

Decent Essays
Users of the substance were addicted but they were also able to function and go back to work on the weekday. Law makers passed ordinances pertaining to smoking of opium in opium dens because they noticed that white females were gravitating to opium dens at increasing rates (Bobo & Thompson, 2006). The lawmakers suspected that the Chinese immigrants were having sexual relations with the white women. This anti-opium ordinance for the state of California led to Congress passing a nationwide law. In 1909 Congress declared that opium smoking was a federal offence by passing the Anti-Opium Act. The Anti-Opium Act was unfair toward the Chinese because this minority group was highly known to smoke opium while whites abused the drug in other ways. According to reports drinking and injecting tinctures of opiates were popular among whites (Bobo & Thompson, 2006). The passing of these unfair ordinances and laws paved the way to other unjust laws being passed. In 1914 Congress passed the Harrison Tax Act which outlawed cocaine. Cocaine usage was predominately associated with blacks. A 1914 New York Times article caused hysteria with the article Negro Cocaine ‘Fiends’ Are a New Southern Menace: Murder and Insanity Increasing Among Lower…show more content…
This caused the government to stop their scientific research in order to assess their medicinal security viability. This shift helped to influence President Nixon. In 1971 Nixon announced and declared a “war on drugs”. “He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants” (Nunn,2002). “In the United States, a no-knock warrant is a warrant issued by a judge that allows law enforcement officers to enter a property without immediate prior notification of the residents, such as by knocking or ringing a doorbell”
Get Access