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.

The U.S. government defined “war on drugs” as a “series of actions tending toward a prohibition of illegal drug trade” (War on drugs law). According to Beccaria (1974), laws were conditioned under man as a ways to unite our society. On the contrary, the term "war on drugs" was coined by President Richard Nixon in 1971. He described these illegal drugs as "public enemy number one in the U.S. (A brief history of the drug war)”. During the late 1980s, the political mania about drugs led Congress and state legislatures to increase campaigns against drug use. For instance, First Lady Nancy Reagan began the “Just Say No" campaign in the 1980s (Drug Law Conviction). To illustrate, the “just say no” campaign was underway as an outlet for children to say "no" to those who offered them drugs. Beccaria…

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