The Corruption Of Drugs In The Late 20th Century

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The drug market has been a popular topic since the day I was born. Yes, it was a long time ago, but it was around. The people mostly was used to smoking marijuana or getting high off of heroin. We didn’t have as many drugs as we see, today. I wonder why? I noticed there are many new laws being created to either legalized or cracked down on certain drugs. At first, I thought drugs were just a part of the 20th century. To my surprise, it was popular in the late 18th and early 19th century. People were using cocaine and heroin to treat certain illnesses. Soon the FDA (Food and Drug Association) began to question the experiments of the drugs being used for treatment. The remedies continue to be used in the 20th century. This is where the people decided they could cure themselves with …show more content…
This was highly popular on the Southside of Chicago. I know we view movies that depict the way the drug life was in the beginning of the 20th century. Police officers were more concern with bribery, collecting payments, and keeping the King Pins happy in their area. So the drugs on the streets just spread across the nation. The police were too busy collecting payments instead of making arrests. Apparently, during the late 19th century, the justice system starting realizing that the drugs were cheating the states. Basically, there was no tax on the sale of drugs. Drugs were not a priority to the system. In the early 20th century, the Harrison Tax Act of 1914 quickly changed the view of the sales of cocaine and heroin. In 1930s, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was established under the U.S. Treasury Department. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 tried to tax marijuana because it didn’t prove to be dangerous to the people. Due to the popularity of marijuana, the trafficking of drugs began. Marijuana was known to be the beginning fix of other drugs such as heroin and

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