Essay on It's Time to End the Drug War

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It's Time to End the Drug War

Uhh, uhhh
B.I.G., P-O, P-P-A
No info, for the, DEA
Federal agents mad cause I'm flagrant
Tap my cell, and the phone in the basement
-Notorious B.I.G. lyrics from “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”

In Christopher Wallace’s (a.k.a. Notorious BIG) “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”, the late rapper from Brooklyn mentions his run in with the police earlier in his life. Christopher Wallace came to be known as arguably the greatest rapper the world has ever heard, but before the days as a famous entertainer Christopher Wallace an average crack dealer in New York. Many youths in the New York area wish to follow his path, and sell drugs in their respective neighborhoods in order to be able to “roll in style.” Some
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The United States has always dived in head first to lead the way in the fight against drugs, by creating such policies as the Harrison Act and organizations like the DEA. These attempts by the United States to fight drugs from an enforcement side have created more problems than they have solved. One needs to only look at the past decade or so since George Bush declared his own personal “war on drugs” to see the damaging effects of the current and old US policy on drugs.

Richard Nixon created the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 1973 in attempt to combat the increasing drug problem in the United States. Nixon saw the need to coordinate the efforts of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) and the US Customs Service so that there would be a more efficient enforcement of drug laws and regulations. The creation of the DEA has resulted in an emphasis on the law enforcement aspect of the drug problem. This strategy can be seen in the time period from the mid eighties until the present time through an ever-increasing budget of the DEA and local drug enforcement agencies in each state. The National Drug Control budget equals $20 millons and state expenditures in 2000 are over $20 billion dollars per year, which is dramatically up from a figure of slightly above $2 billion dollars in 1980 (Source #1). The 2000% increase in spending has done little to deter the amount of heroin that is trafficked into the US annually
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