The Impacts of the War on Drugs

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The War On Drugs has lasted many years, including before it was officially called “War On Drugs.” The prohibition of drugs first got its start in the late 1800’s with anti-opium laws, focusing on chinese immigrants. This was common with the first anti-drug laws. It entirely about scientific based facts on what the effects or risks of the drugs, rather who was associated with the use of the specific drugs. For example, the anti-cocaine laws in the early 1900’s were directed at black men, and the anti- marijuana laws in the mid 1900’s into the 21st century, directed at Mexican migrants and Mexican Americans. Today, black and latino communities are susceptible to being profiled as heavy drug using neighborhoods. The 60’s are associated with being the era of experimentation. Also full of hippies and non-conformist,”Make Love Not War” protesters. Which caused youthful rebellion and political differences to become the symbols of drugs. In June of 1971, President nixon officially declared the “ War on Drugs” causing an increase of federal drug control agencies throughout the nation and created no-knock warrants. Along with the war on drugs he placed marijuana into the most restrictive category of drugs, called Schedule One. The committee that was appointed to putting marijuana there suggested to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for personal use, but Nixon ignored and rejected their recommendations. Despite Nixon's efforts, eleven states decriminalized marijuana
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