War On Drugs: The War On Drugs

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War on Drugs Right now drugs are becoming an even bigger problem then they have been in the past. New designer drugs are being made. People are lacing drugs with other drugs. It seems that you get more jail time if you have any charge that deals with drugs then if you did any other heinous crime. The question everyone 's asking now is is it worth the fight?
America was first introduced to drugs in the 1800’s. Most of them were used in some medical way. Cocaine was also used the the drink Coca-Cola. People did finally realize how addictive these drugs can be and started setting rules and restrictions.
The Harrison Narcotics Act in 1914 was the first federal drug policy. More acts were created through the years, but in 1940 they started creating propaganda. The citizens did not believe the warnings, because the ads were so crazy. In 1966 they passed the Narcotics Addict Rehabilitation
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In the defense of marijuana being legalized alcohol has come up and the numbers of how many people are killed while alcohol has been in use or how many accidents have been caused by alcohol. All of this is true. If marijuana was legalized it would be the same thing if you drove after smoking you would be charged with a dui.
While the war on drugs has been happening there has been a big push for stopping people smoking cigarettes. This has also been a controversy of why the government is spending so much money on it. The records due show that only a small percentage of people in the U.S smoke now. That just adds on the fact that they should stop running so many anti-smoking ads now and start putting that money to more important matters.
As everything stands now it appears that the U.S. is not going to win this war. That the best option does seem to be to decriminalize all drugs. It will save the U.S. trillions of dollars in which we really do need and will free up space in our jails and

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