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War On Drugs

- Have you ever heard the expression “War on drugs”?. That was first used in 1972 when Richard Nixon described a series of govern-mental programs intended to suppress the consumption of certain recreational drugs. Marijuana was one of them. However the first attack on Marijuana occurred not in 1972 but in1937 when the Marijuana TaxAct was passed. According to Legalizationofmarijuna.com Harry Anslinger (bureau of narcotics commissioner) testified in hearings on The subject that the hemp plant needed to be banned because it had a violent “effect on the degenerate races.” This referred specifically to Mexican immigrants who had entered the country, seeking jobs during The Great Depression....   [tags: essays research papers]

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America's War on Drugs: Policy and Problems

- America's War on Drugs: Policy and Problems In this paper I will evaluate America's War on Drugs. More specifically, I will outline our nation's general drug history and look critically at how Congress has influenced our current ineffective drug policy. Through this analysis I hope to show that drug prohibition policies in the United States, for the most part, have failed. Additionally, I will highlight and evaluate the influences acting on individual legislators' decisions to continue support for these ineffective policies as a more general demonstration of Congress' role in the formation of our nation's drug policy strategy....   [tags: America Drug War Politics Narcotics Essays]

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- A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-28-01) Tom Cohen of the Associated Press reported on May 28, 2001 that Canada's drug control policy is slowly but clearly shifting toward decriminalizing marijuana. This Canadian political movement is in opposition to current trends in US drug law and could influence future direction of drug policy in the United States toward a public health addiction policy that focuses upon prevention and treatment and away from a criminal justice drug policy that focuses upon punishment as a deterrent....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reason Why Teens Use Drugs

- The reasons why teenagers use drugs. Drug use is the increasing problem among teenagers in today's High schools. Ever since the drug war of 1900, drugs have been a major problem in todays society. Use of drugs such as opium, morphine, and their derivatives were quite commonplace in nineteenth century America. While most students of contemporary high school drug education programs know about the use of coca leaves in early Coca-Cola and the opium trade with China, the matter of drug addiction at the turn of the century is much more extensive than usually acknowledged....   [tags: Drugs, Social Issues, Legal Issues]

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Against drugs

- Drugs should not be legalized because there would be an increase in drug abuse due to its availability. Legalized drugs would become cheaper and more appealing to people who previously had not tried drugs. Addicts who tend to stop, not by choice, would not stop because drugs would be more accessible if legalized. The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial. The good news is that the United States had 286 million dollars and 81,762 drug seizures due to drugs alone, but the bad news is that the number of prisoners has reached 70 percent which will cost the taxpayers 30 million dollars a year to put them in jail annually....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Illegal Drugs

- Illegal Drugs The product is illegal drugs. The people who deal these drugs are criminals. That's what makes the drug business different then any other. *Alcohol is a drug, yet adults are allowed to use alcohol products. *Nicotine is a drug, yet adults are allowed to use many different forms of tobacco products, all which have tobacco in them. *The drug Caffeine can be found in many everyday items, like soda candy bars. Think of how many cops we would need if caffeine products were illegal....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Drugs and Decay

- Drugs and Decay Drugs and decay; Iran; Iran's losing fight against drugs. (International)(Brief Article) Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2001 Economist Newspaper Ltd. TABOO subjects, Muhammad Khatami has insisted, should be talked about. Before he was elected president in 1997, most Iranians were unaware of their high level of drug addiction. But now, thanks to press reports and unexpectedly lively debate, everyone knows that the country has about 2m opium and heroin addicts, and that the effects are tugging at the social fabric....   [tags: essays papers]

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Why Drugs Should Be Legal

- America is wasting it’s money and resources. It’s trying restrict something on which restrictions don’t have any effects: drugs. People who don’t use recreational drugs don’t do so because of the health risks; people who do use drugs would whether or not they are legal. The fact that they are illegal makes little difference. Nevertheless, $15,000,000,000 goes directly into drug prohibition every year, and has very little effect. Very much money is spent to pay police narcotics officers, fund the D.E.A., and house drug-offenders in prison....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Losing Battle Against Drugs

- Losing Battle Against Drugs The article, Losing Battle Against Drugs, is true. I agree with the article that the regulation of drugs into America is impossible to manage. You can spend millions and billions of dollars to decrease the drug trafficking but drugs are going to find another way into the country. For most people that are into drugs such as selling them I can see why they would want too. It’s obvious that it is against the law but if you can get away with it, you would have a lot of money in your pocket....   [tags: Papers]

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Ameican live today with drugs

- There are few problems as persistent in American life today as drugs. Despite the solutions put forth by our countries leaders by seizing ships and imposing hasher jail sentences. The government policies have failed to reduce drug abuse and crimes resulting form the use of drugs. The amount of money budgeted to combat the illegal drug problems in our society have increased greatly to the point where jails are filled or overflowing with drug related criminals. In 1988, the nations anti-drug crusade under President Ronald Reagan cost $4.8 billion a year; by 1995 the anti-drug budget had almost quadrupled, to $13.2 billion, under President Bill Clinton....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The War on Drugs

- Throughout U.S governmental history, policies have been known to affect the way of life and every aspect. The topic it choose to research is about “The War on Drugs”, the impact policies have on society and if it does help the public or tend to extent social inequality. This topic is very important to me in the sense that, I look at the community I live and see how drugs have affected people lifes, broken up families and also destroyed the community itself. I wanted to know if the “war on drugs” stop our neighborhood from being flooded with drugs or it just over shadow the real problems that needs to be tackled....   [tags: War on Drugs Essays]

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The War On Drugs

- The “War on Drugs” is the name given to the battle of prohibition that the United States has been fighting for over forty years. And it has been America’s longest war. The “war” was officially declared by President Richard Nixon in the 1970’s due to the abuse of illegitimate drugs. Nixon claimed it as “public enemy number one” and enacted laws to fight the importation of narcotics. The United States’ War on Drugs began in response to cocaine trafficking in the late 1980’s. As the war continues to go on, winning it hardly seems feasible....   [tags: Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]

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America's War on Drugs

- Throughout history, Americans have fought many enemies that threaten the safety of our great Nation and provided aid and resources to our partnering countries in their time of despair. However, the consequences were substantial, countless brave men and women lost their lives defending the freedom of Americans. Today American’s fight a different kind of war; it is a war without a clear enemy or end in sight. Today, America fights a War on Drugs. In the early 1970s, the War on Drugs was still relatively new and drug smuggling continued, going virtually unimpeded through the U.S....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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The War On Drugs

- In recent years the so-called “war on drugs” has taken over the streets and back alleys of suburban America. It has caused a problem that mirrors the prohibition days of the 1920’s and early 30’s. Politicians trying to play “tough guy,” are only contributing to more violence. Their laws have created an underground drug-trade, in which modern drug-dealers have taken the place of the bootleggers of old. The real question is whether or not this “war” is working. Most people would like to believe that it is, and there are a few statistics that show it has....   [tags: Informative Essays]

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Mexican/Latin American “War” on Drugs and Trafficking

- The international drug trade from Latin American states is having an impact on a global scale. The trafficking of drugs along with corruptness and murder is an international conflict that is being fought daily. There are many aspects of the drug war from Mexico and other Latin American states which have effects on United States policy as well as policies from other countries that participate in the global suppression of illegal drugs. It can be hard to differentiate between conflict and issue in regards to Latin America’s drug war and International Relations....   [tags: Drugs, Politics]

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The War On Drugs in the USA

- The War On Drugs in the USA One of the most explosive issues in the current American political climate is illegal drug use. Drug abuse is intimately connected to problems like crime, economic discrimination, and race relations, and is a topic of great controversy for many Americans....   [tags: Papers]

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War on Drugs is a Domestic Problem

- WAR ON DRUGS IS A DOMESTIC PROBLEM The new policy that the government has unfolded on the War on Drugs, has pointed the finger of responsibility toward stopping terrorism by stopping the individual drug users. Terrorism affects the entire world, and the United States has assumed a position at the spearhead to confront it. There is no way to actually stop terrorism, but one way to financially divert the problem is to stop the money from flowing to the organizations. The War on Drugs has been taken to a new level since the attack on the United States in September....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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War on Drugs Speech

- WAR ON DRUGS SPEECH The following speech is to be presented to the youth of America currently enrolled as High School Students. The topic of the War on Drugs directly coincides with the War on Terrorism. In order to stop terrorism, the funding through drugs must be stopped. The presenter will be using first person speech to make for a more personable presentation. On September 11th the United States became the victim of terrorism on our own shores. Many of you here are very aware of the Al Queda by now, and the name of Osama bin Laden has become a household term....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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America And The War On Drugs

- Perhaps Americans take what they have for granted and forget that there are other countries with problems. Why does America care about what is happening in other countries like Columbia, when they have their own problems with drugs. The Untied States of America has a rather large drug trafficking problem but compared to Columbia it is fairly small. To help Columbia solve their problem the U.S. senate has decided to send troops over there and take control. This new involvement will have many consequences in and what can you make for instance the cost of a war, the loss and gain of jobs, and physical side effects....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Marijuana and the War on Drugs

- Marijuana and the War on Drugs I have often wondered why the "War on Drugs" has not been very effective, in fact, it really has done nothing. Take for example marijuana. It is banned in any form of growth and use everywhere in the United States. Yet, this drug gets just as much use as alcohol. I probably know just about as many "potheads" as I do alcoholics, yet the persistence of the government to waste countless billions of dollars to try and wipe out the use of this drug is pathetic. Take for example a part of our history....   [tags: Papers]

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War on Drugs Should Focus on Traffickers

- WAR ON DRUGS SHOULD FOCUS ON TRAFFICKERS The War on Drugs is a never-ending struggle that appears to have no end. The problem with fighting the supply and demand sides of the war is that the suppliers often do not appear to play by the same rules of engagement. In order for the United States to successfully battle the War on Drugs, the focus should be centered on activities within American borders. When the United States declared the War on Drugs, there was an assumption that other nations wanted to fight the war along side....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The War on Drugs and Criminal Procedure

- The criminal procedure has many aspects that can protect people’s rights from illegal practices of the law. Just to name a few of the aspects of the criminal procedures; the fourth amendment states that a citizen is secure in their home and property from unreasonable search and seizure. Another aspect and the aspect that I will be talking about in this paper is the exclusionary rule. The exclusionary rule bans introduction of “good” evidence obtained by “bad” law enforcement. This basically means that evidence that could be used that would otherwise determine that the defendant was/is guilty is inadmissible due to bad police conduct....   [tags: exlcusionary, rule, evidence, enforcement]

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Drug Smuggling

- Drug Smuggling      Drug smuggling is on a current up raise and there seems to be no way of stunting it growth. But here a some ways some states are trying to slow the rate of drug smuggling.      In Illinois there is a program called “Operation Cash Crop” or the OCC. This is a combine of the ISP and the DEA. It's goal is to locate places where marijuana is grown then destroy all of it's gardens. During the span of 1983-88 these “OCC” led to 442 arrest and destroyed over 2 million marijuana plants....   [tags: Drugs Narcotics Drug War Essays]

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All Drugs Should be Legal for Personal Use

- All Drugs Should be Legal for Personal Use The war on drugs is costing us over 100 billion dollars to fight each year, and we’re only fighting a monster which we are making bigger with each punch. It’s not drugs, but drug laws themselves that have created this monster. Drug use is part of human nature, but the unimaginable wealth involved leads to the corruption of the police, judges, and elected officials. There is no reason to have the government regulating what goes into an individual’s body....   [tags: Legalization Drugs]

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It's Time to Make Drugs Legal for Personal Use

- It's Time to Make Drugs Legal for Personal Use Drugs are such a controversy and people have such strong opinions about whether they should be legal or illegal. I don’t have a strong opinion on this topic; I’m easily swayed. For the most part though, I think that they should be legalized because people do it anyways and if they were legal the government could regulate their use and sale more, the government should be receiving the profits of the drug business rather than dealers, marijuana has most of the same effects as cigarettes, and it’s been proven over and over how prohibition doesn’t seem to work....   [tags: Legalization Drugs]

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Debate On Drugs

- The debate over drugs continues to disturb the American public. Many Americans take at face value the assumptions that drugs cause addiction, which leads to crime, and that addiction is an illness. Yet abundant evidence exits to support the view that legalizing illegal drugs can help solve the drug problem in America. Hi, my name is Evan Dana. Today I am going to discuss why legalizing illegal drugs can help this appalling problem that we face today in U.S. society. Let's begin by accepting a fact: drugs are everywhere in America....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Our Right to Drugs

- Our Right to Drugs You might be tempted to label Thomas Szasz, author of Our Right to Drugs, The Case for a Free Market, a counter-culture hippie. However, this analysis couldn’t be further from the truth. Szasz, a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, is a major supporter of civil liberties. He sees the so-called "War on Drugs" as one of the worst atrocities that the American Government has perpetrated on its people. Szasz contends that the prohibition of certain drugs, including common prescription drugs, is nothing more than the government telling the people that "father knows best"....   [tags: Papers]

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How Successful Is The War On Drugs?

- The war on drugs has maintained an accumulation of prohibitions on illegal drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing strategies for drug offenders. Incarceration rates have also increased due to the increase of laws against illegal drugs. In Eugene Jarecki’s film, The House I Live In, Jarecki states that the penalties for crack users were harsher than penalties for regular cocaine users. This suggests that penalties are more of a double standard theory. The “War on Drugs” is more of a failure that places restrictions and prohibitions on drug offenders and has not necessarily shown a sense of equal stability; thus, leading to faulty sentences, misinterpretations of the real purpose of this initi...   [tags: Illegal Drugs, War on Drugs]

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The Market for Illegal Drugs and The War on Drugs

- In 2009, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while on a state visit to Mexico said something no other political figure had been courageous enough to admit at that point – that the war on drug is a failure. In her own words, she said: “Clearly, what we have been doing has not worked… our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade and our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these [Cartels] criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.” Taking a closer look at the economic forces that have been driving the supply end of this business as well as evaluating the economic costs of the war will give us a b...   [tags: economic costs of drug prohibition]

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War on Drugs is War on Democracy

- The voters of California succeeded in passing a proposition to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana as prescribed by doctors. The passing of Proposition 215 seemed to symbolize a promising trend toward knowledge of the substance. However, after reading an article by Eric Schlosser in the April issue of Atlantic Monthly, I have been shocked with the reality of what is occurring elsewhere. Many of us are aware of the idiocy of our legal system treating marijuana offenders worse than violent criminals....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The War on Drugs is a War on the Poor

-      The “War on Drugs" has been so terribly ineffective that it leads one to question its true motives. Even a dog can eventually learn from an electric fence, so why not the United States government. Is the goal really to curtail drug use, or is it to segregate society and vilify the disadvantaged. A combination of mandatory minimum sentencing and other unjust laws has led to an enormous rise in U.S. prison populations. Thanks to these laws, 60 percent of the federal prison population consisted of nonviolent drug offenders as of 1999....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The War on Drugs: Is It Working?

- Logic is defined as a proper or reasonable way of thinking about or understanding something (Merriam-Webster).Many times people find themselves being involved in arguments with friends and even coworkers.It happens everyday.Without arguments our society would not be so highly advanced. The legalization of marijuana has been a controversial topic for many years in the United States.Myths about marijuana have been become endless and many people don't realize that almost all of them are false. Throughout the years, people have been made believe that marijuana not only affects our bodies but also our minds.When growing up California I was told with great seriousness that any kind of drugs were u...   [tags: legalization of marijuana and other drugs]

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Legalizing Drugs to Win the War on Drugs

- The validation of medicine has been an issue in politics for a long time. Many people think that the validation of drugs will give the government more control and there will be less crime on the streets. Another issue is that the government will be able to profit money off the drugs and be able to control prices and what age you will have to be to be able to buy the drug. On the issue of less crime on the streets I think that with the government controlling drugs there will be no drug dealers on the streets and no underage people using the drugs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The War On Drugs

- ... The “justice” system that we currently use is hugely profitable for certain large corporations such as the for-profit prisons. These for-profit prisons feed off of the fact that these young minorities are being locked up at rates higher than ever before. In turn when these rates happen to go down and profits start to dip, these businesses turn to the police to do something about it. If they don’t do something about it, or if people try to push back against the for-profit prisons, they use their leverage as a huge source of employment for the people in the areas that these mega-prisons are located and suggest that they may be forced to shut down and leave the community high and dry....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Prohibition, Crime, Prison]

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The War on Drugs

- There was no intention of war in the beginning. The impoverished people of Mexico started out selling drugs, specifically marijuana as well as ampoule for truly noble reasons. It was out of need that drug trafficking began in Mexico. For example "In the 1950's the crises in the mine industry in the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora compelled some workers to cultivate..." since employment was low. Since then drug trafficking has changed in many ways. Now the drug lords and the Mexican government are at war, now the people of Mexico are divided between supporting the drug cartels or supporting government action against them....   [tags: substance abuse and commerce]

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The War on Drugs

- ... They have other benefits than just helping boost the economy. If we put in the time and effort we could find ways for it to help cure aliments and diseases. We already know that marijuana can help with pain and other things besides just recreational uses. We also run the possibility that drugs will lose their appeal once they are legal. When you tell someone that drugs are bad or that what they are doing is wrong that makes the act that much more appealing to them and they will try whatever they have to in order to do what they want....   [tags: Prohibition and current laws don't work]

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Film Review : End The Drugs War

- When watching Russell Brand’s 2014 BBC documentary, entitled End the Drugs War, I found it to be very interesting and informative. I liked how they showed real stories and gave us a real worldview of what is going on in other countries such as Britain overall. I felt this documentary was very powerful and showed viewers how being an addict or a user is debilitating and how this is an illness. This illness obviously leads to many criminal/dangerous acts and by showing this connection of how and why it helps us to understand what these individuals are going through....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin, Addiction]

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The War On Drugs, Mexico And The U.s.

- Interrelationships can be seen throughout history, these relationships have played vital roles in various historical outcomes. Inside the War on Drugs, Mexico and the U.S. have deeply intertwined histories that play a crucial part within the war. Since the middle of the 20th century, events within the drug war that occurred in the U.S. had an effect on Mexico and vice versa. These two countries have influenced each other for years and have played key roles in how the War on Drugs has become what it is today....   [tags: Mexican Drug War, Illegal drug trade, Mexico]

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The War On Drugs And Drugs

- ... It was not until President Reagan entered office that the official fight began with Reagan stating “a national crusade against drugs -- a sustained, relentless effort to rid America of this scourge -- by mobilizing every segment of society against drug abuse” (Cooper, 1993). Regen stood by the thought that in order to rid the country of illegal drugs we would need to have stricter law enforcement which also meant mandatory sentences for not only drug traffickers but also for drug users. In the years following there are supporter that continue to believe that Reagan had the right approach to the war on drugs....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Illegal drug trade]

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War On Drugs : Who Profits

- ... And with the more people there are jailed, the more money there is to be made in the prison business. Big Pharma groups are enjoying the war on drugs because the war on drugs doesn 't target the drugs they sell. Not all drugs are at risk in the war on drugs. Take Ecstasy for example. Ecstasy is a drug the fills the brain with serotonin, a chemical our brains naturally produce. The sale of it is prohibited in the U.S. But take its more sophisticated sister-drug, Prozac, which is legal and compare the two....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Pharmacology]

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Drug Use : The War On Drugs

- ... The conventional war on drugs campaign are hurting communities that uses drugs by marginalizing and bankrupting them, causing social tension. By pointing out the failures of this campaign this paper will explain how alternatives can lead to a more successful outcome. The conventional war on drug policies are definitely hurting communities. As more and more severe penalties are handed out to drug users, the proportional number of incarcerations also increases. Statistics have shown that the United States houses 25% of the world’s prisoners where 1 in 3 are involved in drug trade....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug]

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Liberal Views On The War On Drugs

- ... The liberal view on the war on drugs is clear; a change in the nation’s drug policy is needed. Sasha Abramsky, writing in the liberal magazine, the Nation, uses California as an example in which getting rid of the harsh drug policies would be a huge benefit to the economy. In the article titled “The War Against the ‘War on Drugs,’” Abramsky finds a correlation between the drug policies and incarceration rates. Abramsky writes about how some of the state’s political figures are finding that the war on drugs is “responsible for the spike in prison populations over the past thirty years” and they agree that the California’s drug policies “are not financially viable and no longer command maj...   [tags: Drug addiction, Prohibition, Drug, Conservatism]

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The War On Drugs And America

- The War On Drugs Around fifty percent of the inmates in federal prison are serving time for drug charges. The war on drugs started in the 1970s under the Nixon administration, but is still a very big issue in the government today. According to Nationwide Trends, an estimated one in three adults have used drugs in their lifetime and more than 22 million Americans 12 years and older, use illegal drugs. Drugs are a very disputed part of our society today. This essay will address liberal and conservative opinions on the war on drugs....   [tags: Liberalism, Conservatism, Illegal drug trade]

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U.S. Fights the War on Drugs

- The United States has been fighting the war on drugs since 1971 when Richard Nixon declared the name “War on Drugs”. What does “War on Drugs” mean. What is the cost to taxpayers. What is the Obama administration doing about the “War on Drugs”. What countries are the drugs coming from and going to. What are the solutions that we as a nation should be thinking and implementing. Is Decriminalization of drugs the answer to the problem. The drug problem in the United States is almost impossible to control, but maybe with combined efforts of the different leaders of nations involved can help end the devastating corruption of the drugs wars....   [tags: taxpayers, traffickers, cocaine]

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The War On Drugs And The United States

- ... Yet, you would think the problems would lower throughout the years but study has shown that drug use has increased throughout the years. Well according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse drugs, like marijuana, have increased in people of ages 12 and above. In 2012 an estimated 2.8 million new users of illicit drugs were under 18 and more than half of those new users began with Marijuana. Drugs are nothing new, and have been following through the school and streets of our children. It is so easy to buy drugs that the concerns of dismantling Drug Cartel should be switched to the prevention and easy accessibility of acquiring drugs....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin]

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The War On Drugs And It Is Failing

- ... Ford 's Special Message to the Congress on Drug Abuse, 1967). His letter called for drug traffickers to serve a mandatory of at least three years for the first offense, and a minimum of six years for each subsequent offense. He also proposed that they should be held without bail until their trial. Presumably, because their bail money would be coming from the profits they earned selling the illegal drugs. He also wanted laws to be passed that required all cash found on a violator be forfeited, and recycled back into the police force....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin, Illegal drug trade]

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The United States War On Drugs

- ... 460). Alexander points out that, “more African American adults are under correctional control now than were enslaved in 1850” (Alexander, p. 455). This is a shocking statistic, this suggest that most African Americans are affected by the war on drugs, whether it be themselves, a family member, or a loved one. With some many African Americans unable to vote in some states, and unable to find good housing and employment, it is no wonder that recidivism rates for prisoners is at an all time high in the United States....   [tags: African American, Jim Crow laws, Punishment]

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The Incarceration And War On Drugs

- ... Due to the fact they are label criminal, they now fall into this system or loop that hard to get out of. This causing them to sell drugs and start this process all over again How has the Drug War disenfranchised a large segment of the American population. Majority of minority have been place in this group or system that treated them unfairly and expect them to find their way out of a hole they didn’t dig. Telling them that because of the action and choice you made you know are label as something that has nothing to do with you....   [tags: Crime, African American, Black people]

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The War On Drugs And Drug Trafficking

- ... Prisoners in federal prison are convicted with drug trafficking compared to simple possession to those in state prison. The rise of prisoners for drug crimes is too high, instead of focusing on criminals who commit violent crimes against other people. The social stigma faced by criminals is all the same even if they never committed a violent crime. Society tends to treat drug users the same way we treat the drug cartel. In studies people have been shown to be negative towards “criminals”. With labels of low socioeconomic status and minority race towards criminals (Madriz.1997....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Heroin, Drug addiction, Drug]

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The Drug Policy : War On Drugs

- ... The system needs to be truthful and honest about its accounts for the war against drug abuse. The War on Drugs has been unfar as it has mainly been directed to the minority and the poor communities of the United States. To rescue the current situation of drug abuse and the consequences, I would recommend a “National Drug Control” policy that should be science-based and under the guidance of the latest research that is supported by reforms to protect the American Public Health Safety (Paley, 2014)....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, United States]

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America 's War On Drugs

- ... One of the goals on the “War on Drugs’ was to keep drugs away from kids; however, it is common knowledge that kids are getting their hands on drugs quite easily. Where kids are concerned an example would be: A teenage daughter is dating someone that the parent’s object to, however , the more the parents object and prohibit the relationship, the more the teenage daughter is determined to be with the boy in question. It is the idiom of the “Forbidden Fruit” that one must have that which is being prohibited i.e., illegal or immoral....   [tags: Crime, Drug addiction, Police, Heroin]

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America 's War On Drugs

- ... This is why Ether Nadelmann (2014) said in his TED Talk that “what we really need to do is to bring the underground drug markets as much as possible aboveground and regulate them as intelligently as we can to minimize both the harms of drugs and the harms of prohibitionist policies.” By doing so we could generate enormous public tax revenue from this commodity and invest the profits into productive drug treatment and education programs. Another major phenomenon that is a resulted from the current policies is that it is effectively turning otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals and tossing them into prison for simple possession and/or consumption....   [tags: Drug, Drug addiction, Prohibition]

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The War On Drugs And The United States

- ... Another of the many structural changes that has a major effect on unemployment is job going overseas. With so many Americans out of work, it’s hard to employ those who want to work. Companies found that its cheaper to employ those who doesn’t bargain wages, or need/ask for benefits. This which raise imported goods but removes more U.S currency from the money flow. Furthermore, if there weren’t jobs and no consumption being made, more businesses would close causing this to be a catastrophe ripple affect pushing the economy into a deeper recession and maybe a depression....   [tags: Unemployment, United States, Great Depression]

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The War On Drugs Movement

- ... The rate of teen smoking is rising: 36 percent of high school students were current smokers in 1997, compared with 28% in 1991 (CDC, 1999) . . . Additionally, there are strong correlations between the use of alcohol and tobacco and other high-risk-taking behaviors for the adolescent population, such as injury, motor vehicle crashes, and involvement with violence. This shows us one moral reason why tobacco products should be illegal. Before our children can graduation high school in hopes of pursuing dream careers they are persuaded and targeted by tobacco companies into a lifetime dependency on their companies’ toxic products....   [tags: Tobacco, Nicotine, Tobacco smoking, Smoking]

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The Criterion for Keeping Drugs Illegal

- Everyone has tried drugs at least once in their life, but not everyone gets addicted to that. In fact most people just use it occasionally. The most important issue is what can be categorized as drug, in terms of being harmful to human body. Alcohol and cigarettes can be considered drug because both are addictive and have negative effects on the body system. So, we are talking about legal and illegal drugs. The first question that comes to the mind is what criterion of a drug makes it illegal....   [tags: war on drugs, drug commerce and market]

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The War Against Drugs End

- ... In order to fight back, people need current information about the ever changing world of drugs. They need to know what is going on in the world around them. Facts and figures about the dangers, overdoses, and deaths should be openly announced to the public on a regular basis, so that the people know how bad the drug problem is becoming. IV drug use promotes the spreading of diseases: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and MRSA are just a few of the incurable diseases that have the potential to be spread through IV drug use; but, due to the lack of proper disposal of these needles it is not just the user that is put at risk....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Heroin, Drug]

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The Unbeatable War on Drugs

- Society’s view of drugs has vastly changed based on the sociological imagination of the times. Sociological imagination basically means that we are able to view ourselves as a part of one large group rather than individuals. Human’s behavior and attitude have evolved based on the social forces that have adjusted around them. This changing of ideas has been clearly apparent in the Americas and is a prime example of the prohibition of alcohol from 1920 to 1933. The illegality of alcohol provided the Mafia with an opportunity to produce liquor and therefore it had considerable control over those who wanted their alcohol and service....   [tags: benefits of legalization outweigh the negatives]

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Prohibition and the War on Drugs

- Throughout history, campaigns against certain parts of life are frequently argued upon. Wars are in a state of flux, but a constant in America's policies is the Drug War. The government attempts to prevent the consumption of illicit and harmful substances, even shown in modern domestic policies. Yet with much effort, positive results was not usually yielded. Apart from the outcomes, prohibition has made a large impact on daily life. In the United States, prohibition of alcohol and opium was a visible and controversial debate....   [tags: substance criminalization]

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Criminalization of Certain Drugs Perpetuates Crime Instead of Deterring It

- “[The war on drugs] has created a multibillion-dollar black market, enriched organized crime groups and promoted the corruption of government officials throughout the world,” noted Eric Schlosser in his essay, “A People’s Democratic Platform”, in which he presents a case for decriminalizing controlled substances. Schlosser identifies a few of the crippling side-effects of the current drug policy put in place by the Richard Nixon administration in the 1970s to prohibit drug use and the violence and destruction that ensue from it....   [tags: war on drugs, multibillion dollar business]

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Is the War on Drugs Being at All Effective

- Having spent over $400 billion over the course of the American drug prohibition, it’s sensible to ask the question, “Are we making any progress?” Shockingly, the answer from experts on both sides of the issue seems to be the same; a resounding “no”. It is clear at this point that the War on Drugs has ultimately failed, however the consequences of pursuing the issue have left North America in a disastrous state, with many economic as well as social issues. With people spending approximately three times as much money buying drugs as the government spends fighting against them, how can this war possibly be won when the government has to spend so much money combating in opposition to it....   [tags: American drug prohbition]

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The War On Drugs And Its Impact On Society

- ... Some of my own friends, more often of color, who were arrested for drug possession or use, are kept from earning a living dramatically, working in menial labor. In terms of upward mobility, their lives are essentially ruined, from a mistake they made in their teens, which harmed no one but themselves. The War on Drugs has allowed a discriminatory form of persecution in domestic law enforcement and is continually creating a class of Americans with fewer opportunities in education and employment....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Prohibition]

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The Solution to the Immoral, Unwinnable War on Drugs

- ... Medical marijuana is common in the USA and Canada for conditions such as crohn's disease, whereas in the UK the continued blanket ban on forms of cannabis that aren't GW Pharmaceuticals' Sativex means that costs are too high for it to be used to help sufferers (Erhorn, 2010). Decriminalization would be a solution to all these problems, and more. Decriminalization: Why this is the route our nation must take. Economically intelligent: There is no doubt that decriminalising drugs would be an economically smart move for the United Kingdom to take....   [tags: incarceration, decriminalization, economics]

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The War On Drugs And How It Affects Women

- ... During the crack epidemic black females would be the target of drug laws and convictions. However as methamphetamine would rise in popularity in the United States, so would the convictions of white women by 48.4% of and a decrease of black women by 24.6% since the year 2000 (Forbes.com) Most women who would be convicted on drug charges would fall victim to what is known as the girlfriend problem. According to the ACLU this is when a women takes the rap for a male counterpart in hopes that because they are a woman and may not have any prior convictions will get off on the charges....   [tags: Prison, Criminal justice, Crime, Punishment]

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The United States Failing War on Drugs

- ... When looking at facts; however it could change someone’s opinion. Jeffrey A. Miron from MIT estimated that the state Massachusetts would reduce its criminal justice spending by $120.5 million per year. Most of which are court fees ($68.5 million), followed by police ($40.3 million) and corrections ($13.6 million). The United States jail more of its citizens than any other country (cato). Most of which are non violent criminals. This could be from the failed war on drugs and mandatory minimum jail sentences....   [tags: marijuana, economy, medical]

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The War On Drugs Is The New Jim Crow

- In discussions of racial discrimination, one controversial issue has been the persistent oppression of Black people. Michelle Alexander would argue the war on drugs is the new Jim Crow.Ta-Nehisi Coates focuses instead on home ownership for color people and how they are forced to always be second class citizens. And The Central Park Five depicts the way in which racist ideologies serve to dehumanize people of color in order to justify that they have been robbed of their labor, civil rights, and basic human rights by a biased legal system.While I agree with all three pieces you can see the failed attempts made by African American to be equal....   [tags: African American, Racism, Law, Black people]

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The War On Drugs : A Long Lasting Solution

- For several years, including today there have been many attempts to decrease drug use, which if it is not treated usually leads to a higher rate of crime, hence, “the war on drugs”. However, there are only small solutions that may get rid of some few problems temporarily rather than a long lasting solution. By creating harsh sentencing towards illegal drug use, it effects society in the long run. Consequences should be held for those accountable, however, a more realistic approach would be having more facilities not necessarily prison, but rehab homes and centers that are set for drug treatment, mental illness and rehabilitation....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Substance abuse]

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The War On Drugs And The Civil Rights Movement

- According to the Oxford Index, “whether called mass incarceration, mass imprisonment, the prison boom, or hyper incarceration, this phenomenon refers to the current American experiment in incarceration, which is defined by comparatively and historically extreme rates of imprisonment and by the concentration of imprisonment among young, African American men living in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage.” It should be noted that there is much ambiguity in the scholarly definition of the newly controversial social welfare issue as well as a specific determination in regards to the causes and consequences to American society....   [tags: African American, United States, Incarceration]

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The War on Drugs: The House I live In Documentary

- A Nameless Inmate shouts to the camera behind bars in the Documentary “The house I Live In, he shouted “Just wipe me out straight off the map for nothing. 57 years for a small rock . I wanna know why i’m treated like I murder somebody. The war on drugs, a war made invisible to society, but one of the most destructive wars in our nation today.Politician’s call it a successful proposition for the nation, following the motto- go hard or go home,Politician's Increasing the sentencing of drug related crimes by the hour, Law enforcements cleaning up the streets.Locking up every drug offender that cross their paths....   [tags: law enforcement, sentence, minorities]

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The War On Drugs Is The Central Idea Of The Age Of Colorblindness

- ... While some people may find a variety of statistics necessary to prove one’s argument, I personally am okay with Alexander stating her opinion and points without needing evidence to prove it. Before I begin my analytical summary of the book, it is important to note I am biased towards issues discussed in this book and it has had an influence on how I read and interpreted the book which is why I agreed with much of the ideas Alexander discussed throughout the book. As an African-American male, I am going read and understand certain elements of the book different than a Caucasian male....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Heroin, Drug, Drug addiction]

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The War on Drugs and Its Impact on Latin America

- ... After the Mexican Revolution in 1910, cocaine and opium imports began to be restricted by the newly empowered Superior Board of Health. The then leader of the Superior Board of Health, José María Rodríguez, pushed for these reforms, citing the need for a healthy vibrant population due to the country’s proximity to other rapidly growing nations (namely the US). The easily made link between drugs and disparagement, treachery, prison, death, made regulating the drug trade a core priority. Why do drugs get picked up as a national security issue, when alcohol and tobacco are dealt with on the scale of “public health”....   [tags: violent, crimes, catels, policies]

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War on Drugs Causes the Viloation of Individual Rights

- Everyone knows the parable of the emperor with no clothes. The significance of a child being the one to point out the emperor's nudity, as opposed to a sermonizing preacher or self-righteous intellectual, is simple to understand. Neither morality nor logic was responsible for stripping the emperor's veil of falsehood. All it took was the truth. One can't help but think of this when considering Gary Johnson, the Republican governor of New Mexico, who, despite pressure from power brokers at the top of his own party, has proclaimed that the emperor that is this country's war on drugs is not only naked to the world, but that its body is festering with the sores of moral decay and corruption....   [tags: Expository Cause Effect Essays]

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A Report On Todd Davidson 's ' War On Drugs '

- ... And it is due to the prohibition of mitigating circumstances that leads to these situations. The United States’ prisons are overcrowded. New York Times reported that despite the United States only is home to less than 5 percent of the world’s population, the country provides approximately one quarter of the world’s prisoners (Liptak). Yet some will insist that Todd must have been guilty in someway or another, or maybe he was simply an innocent who fell through the inevitable cracks in the system....   [tags: Prison, Crime, Mandatory sentencing]

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The Effects Of Crime Rates On The Civil War On Drugs

- ... The requirements are: the offender must be Identified, the agency must have gathered enough evidence to support an arrest, make a charge, and turn over the offender to the court for prosecution. The offender’s exact location must be identified so that the suspect could be taken into custody immediately, if necessary. As well as a circumstance outside the control of law enforcement that prohibits the agency from arresting, charging, and prosecuting the offender. Problems Using Clearance Rates to Examine Performance Clearance data provide an excellent insight to the amount of crimes that occurs within our communities....   [tags: Crime, Police, Criminology, Violent crime]

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The War On Drugs Has Brought By A Huge Amount Of Collateral Damage

- ... The war on drugs has stripped away the rights of a majority of one race when they only make 13.2 percent of the US population. America’s war on drugs has brought a huge amount of collateral damage. The issue of race in this brutal war can be reversed but only if the government realizes that it’s time for a change. The war on drugs has been a dismal failure and its torn apart and divided this nation. The time to end the war on drugs is now. The best way to improve the war on drugs is to end it completely....   [tags: Drug addiction, Heroin, Drug abuse, Addiction]

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The War On Drugs And Its Effects On The Economic, Political, And Social Aspects Of American Life

- ... Although the percentages of illegal drug usage is not off by much between African Americans and whites, the National Criminal Justice Commission says that drug enforcement focuses solely “street-level or, low-level dealers in minority neighborhoods” (Walker, 2011, p. 311). The racial and social discrimination has created a permanent social class for many Americans who are prohibited from their basic rights, voting, denial of public assistance and career opportunities (Latessa & Holsinger, 2010, p....   [tags: Crime, Prison, Mandatory sentencing]

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Analysis Of ' Chasing The Scream : The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs '

- ... He gives the example of a physician, Leopold Salazar who published papers asserting that cannabis did not cause psychosis and he came to the conclusion that drugs should be kept legal and their sales should be regulated by the Mexican government (Hari, 2015, p. 141) These policies, in the wake of the United States ' War on Drugs was steamrolled and Mexico was forced to adopt harsher laws to criminalize all drugs. The United States dictated that Mexico aid its war and the Mexicans followed, results of this can be seen today in the carnage and violence that exists in Mexico today....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin]

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The War On Drugs Is Considered A Major Problem Within The United States

- ... This allows these users to correct their problems and rejoin society after treatment, rather than resorting back to drugs. Another piece of evidence to support my argument is, “Drug research policy appears to have been more focused on understanding the neuromechanisms of addiction rather than a broader-based approach that would include underlying social conditions and practices that are integrally connected with the initiation and continuation of use as well as the disproportionate incarceration of and consequences for minority groups”(McBride, et al....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Heroin, Drug, Gang]

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Government Spending: What Can Be Done?

- ... The legalization of drugs would bring about new jobs for the growing, selling, distribution, and quality control of drugs, which also would decrease the drug trafficking and decrease in death by accidental overdosing. Ending the war on drugs alone would save the United States fifty billion dollars a year. As George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Those who oppose me believe the War on Terror has been well worth the investment. I stand on the other side and believe that the war has not been very effective....   [tags: welfare, war, drugs, violence, terror]

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The Legacy of Ronald Reagan

- Ronald Reagan is to this date the oldest serving president, and the effects of his presidency have affected not only the United States of America but most of the world as well. The consensus among historians is that Ronald Reagan left a lasting legacy that was a great one in numerous ways. His Reaganomics improved America’s economy greatly, and secured its future economic prosperity. He also fought communism head on and was able to end it in most parts of the world, but more importantly in Soviet Russia....   [tags: fall of Berlin Wall, war on drugs]

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Age of Anxiety Versus Contemporary Humanity

- ... Max and quick production was the new way. We will base our demonstration in many diverse examples to show how both periods are interrelated. The Age of Anxiety is a time period from 1914-1950. This era was filled with uncertainty, World Wars, and change in how human perceived the world. The present time period can be known as the contemporary Humanities (from 1970 to present) but for some scholars it can be defined as the cold war1950 to 1991. Another word it is not rigid temp period. The contemporary age appears to have better human condition than the Age of Anxiety when you think about what each age has to offer....   [tags: war, technology, drugs]

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