The War On Drugs And The United States

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The War on Drugs has become an epidemic today afflicting United States and the United Nations; which are swayed by global drug laws which preserve the criminal justice system. These new laws promote an ineffective policies on the war on drug. Therefore, communities are locked while the promotion of illicit drugs becomes the dominate framework to organized crimes. Today, the war on drugs continues to be an ongoing battle within our society. This paper will examine these issues focusing primarily on historical struggles controlling our society. Improvement must be lenient punishment policies based on the relevance and/or risk of these psychoactive drugs. EXTENT OF THE WAR ON DRUGS The U.S. government defined “war on drugs” as a “series of…show more content…
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND FOR THE WAR ON DRUGS War on Drugs is not a new phenomenon in the United States. During the 1960s, drugs were a symbol of rebellion for the youth halted the research on the medical safeties and various drug’s efficacies. At the height of the drug war panic, a movement transpired demanding a new tactic toward drug policies. Proposals were made in order to decriminalize some drugs such as marijuana. These proposals were later abandoned because parents were concerned by the high drug rate among teenagers. To illustrate, marijuana began receiving backlash in 1935. Hart and Ksir (2012:350) stated that 35 states had laws regulating the use, sale, and/or possession of marijuana. However, the concerns of illicit drug use escalate throughout the 1980s. These modifications were brought out based on media outlets portrayal of people becoming addicted to the improve form of cocaine labeled “crack.” As a result, the first anti-cocaine laws were established in the South towards black men in the 1900s.. During the era of George W. Bush, militarized domestic drug law enforcement were enforced to stall the growth of the drug war. Obama has stated in his latest “State of the Union” address that he determined to advocate these reforms. For instance, there would be a reduced sentencing for crack/powder possessions, resigning the ban on syringe access
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