War on Drugs Informative Essay

2685 Words Oct 29th, 2013 11 Pages
Michael Larson
10/13/13
COM 101 -070
The War on Drugs The “War on Drugs” is a term commonly applied to a campaign of prohibition, military aid and military intervention, with the intention of reducing and eliminating the illegal drug trade. The War on Drugs was officially declared in 1971 by President Richard Nixon and is still very prominent in our society today. The War on Drugs has been studied since its inception and copious amounts of data have been collected from it. The War on Drugs has a long history; since it has been enacted the government has utilized large sums of money funding it, made illicit drug use rise in percentage overall, and created an artificial and thriving black market. There is an ongoing debate on whether
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However, this did not stop the U.S from increasing its restrictions on illicit drugs. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 made possession or transfer of cannabis (and hemp) illegal throughout the United States under federal law. Following Cannabis, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine, LSD, and Heroin became drugs that were gaining popularity throughout the country. The Narcotic Control Act was passed in 1956 in response to the results of a nationwide investigation of narcotics trafficking and use in the United States. The act increased the penalties and mandatory minimum prison sentences outlined by the Boggs Act of 1951. Both of these acts were passed by Dwight D. Eisenhower.
When the official War on Drugs began in 1971, so did the organized spending towards it. The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act was the law that fueled the War on Drugs. This act amended the Public Health Service Act and other laws to provide increased research, into, and prevention of, drug abuse and drug dependence; to provide for treatment and rehabilitation of drug abusers and drug dependent persons; and to strengthen existing law enforcement authority in the field of drug abuse. It also divided controlled substances in five schedules (or classes) on the basis of their potential for abuse, accepted medical use, and accepted safety under medical supervision.

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