The Anti Drug Abuse Act Of 1970 Essay

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America has been fighting drug abuse for over one hundred years. Politicians and lawmakers have implemented dozens of policies attempting to regulate drugs. When analyzing the history of United States drug policies three laws stick out as particularly noteworthy. First, in 1914, the Harrison Act was the first United States federal drug policy. The Harrison act aimed to tax and regulate the manufacturing of cocaine, heroin and morphine (Stanford University, para. 4). The next substantial policy that passed was the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This policy was born when President Richard Nixon claimed that “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse” (Stanford University para. 5). The Controlled Substances Act attempted to categorize the different types of drugs based on their medicinal value and potential for addiction. These categories are called “schedules” (PBS, Thirty Years of America 's Drug War). Finally, in 1986, Ronald Reagan decided to “get tough” on drug abusers and passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act enforced a zero tolerance policy and a mandatory minimum sentence for all convicted drug offenders (Stanford University, para.16). These three laws brought the drug prohibition into the mainstream consciousness. At this point, the impact of the War on Drugs is being felt by millions of Americans. When taking a closer look at the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, there are several surprising factors to consider.…

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