Kaylee Rosales. Mrs.Kline. Honors English 10. 6 April,
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Honors English 10
6 April, 2017
The Drug War has been a policy and a battle to stop drug flow into the U.S, cease drug production and to completely illuminate drugs entirely but results have shown otherwise. In 1971, President Richard Nixon first declared the Drug war and classified drugs as a number one public enemy shortly after drug use hit its peak in the 1960’s. The U.S previously had anti-drug laws but the laws were light and directed mainly to minorities. The following President Jimmy Carter believed in decriminalizing Marijuana and certain portions of Marijuana were legal to possess during his term but the legalization was shortly lived. A new attempted solution was a program Nancy Reagan, President…show more content…
On estimate 1 out of every 111 adults will be arrested for drug charges. Out of males that have been imprisoned 57% were black or latino which feeds into the common argument that the Drug War causes a racial divide. Throughout the countless years of battling the number of casualties of both races have been expanding and on average over the past seven years. 165,000 documented homicides have occurred in Mexico alone, due to drug war violence. Not only has the Drug War cost billions, imprisoned millions and killed thousands and continues to do so daily.
Critics argue that legalization of certain drugs will not end the drug war and that instead, it will cause more violence and issues for the county’s well being. In the mid-1980’s the cocaine epidemic hit and a large amount of crime, deaths from overdoses and violence came with it. The result of this was laws being placed with minimum punishment for drug trafficking to attempt to control the issue. Throughout the early 1990s crime started to slowly decrease and in 2013 the amount of crime was reduced in half. One viewpoint is that once the title of being non-violent labeled drug traffickers crime started to rise anew. Some crimes included murders of innocent bystanders and more drug flow into the U.S (Cook1). William J. Bennett and John P. Walters, Boston Globe writers, complicate matters further when they write “For 25 years before President Obama, U.S policy confronted drug