War On Drugs : Timeline : The War On Drugs

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The War on Drugs


1970 - The U.S. passed laws prohibiting narcotic use under the Controlled Substances Act.
1971 - U.S. President Richard Nixon declares war on drugs and says drug abuse is the country’s biggest threat.
1973 - President Richard Nixon sets up the Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA.
1985 - Drug smuggling shifts into Mexico after U.S. law enforcement cracks down.
2001 - Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman Mexico’s most wanted drug lord escapes from a Mexican prison.
2008 - Mexico captures hundreds of drug gang members disrupting smuggling routes and creating violence.
2012 - Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older.



Main Idea- The war on drugs could has mainly been created due to racism.

The war on drugs is a is a compelling battle that many of the drug laws were motivated by racism. In San Francisco 1875, a law against opium was apparently based on the fear that Chinese men were luring white women into drug dens to have sex with them. This was followed by laws against cocaine that were thought to be motivated largely by racism towards blacks, and then by laws against marijuana motivated largely by biases against Mexicans. The war on drugs began in 1971 with Richard Nixon’s declaration and following presidents followed with varying degrees of enthusiasm. President Bill Clinton escalated the war in a way that has led directly to

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