A history of drug use and legislation

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A history of drug use and legislation

The video traces the drug war from President Nixon to the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws to the emerging aboveground marijuana market that is poised to make legal millions for wealthy investors doing the same thing that generations of people of color have been arrested and locked up for.

A history of drug use and legislation

After you watch the video, read on to learn more about the discriminatory history of the war on drugs. The Early Stages of Drug Prohibition Many currently illegal drugs, such as marijuana, opium, coca, and psychedelics have been used for thousands of years for both medical and spiritual purposes.

So why are some drugs legal and other drugs illegal today? The first anti-opium laws in the s were directed at Chinese immigrants. The first anti-cocaine laws in the early s were directed at black men in the South. The first anti-marijuana laws, in the Midwest and the Southwest in the s and 20s, were directed at Mexican migrants and Mexican Americans.

Today, Latino and especially black communities are still subject to wildly disproportionate drug enforcement and sentencing practices. Nixon and the Generation Gap In the s, as drugs became symbols of youthful rebellion, social upheaval, and political dissent, the government halted scientific research to evaluate their medical safety and efficacy.

A top Nixon aide, John Ehrlichman, later admitted: The Nixon campaign inand the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.

Did we know we were lying about the drugs?

Drug Trends Prior to 2000

Of course we did. Inthe commission unanimously recommended decriminalizing the possession and distribution of marijuana for personal use. Nixon ignored the report and rejected its recommendations.

Between andhowever, eleven states decriminalized marijuana possession. In JanuaryPresident Jimmy Carter was inaugurated on a campaign platform that included marijuana decriminalization. In Octoberthe Senate Judiciary Committee voted to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

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Within just a few years, though, the tide had shifted. Proposals to decriminalize marijuana were abandoned as parents became increasingly concerned about high rates of teen marijuana use.

Marijuana was ultimately caught up in a broader cultural backlash against the perceived permissiveness of the s.It also provides a waiver from the requirements of the Narcotic Addict Treatment Act, allowing qualified physicians to dispense (and prescribe) Schedule III, IV, or V narcotic drugs, or combinations of such drugs, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat heroin addiction.

A History of the FDA and Drug Regulation in the United States For a more detailed history, please visit the FDA centennial website at The original Food and Drug Act is passed by Congress on. Legislative Chronology - Learn the legislative chronology that had a major influence leading to the establishment of NIDA and to the advancement of drug abuse and addiction research activities to improve public health.

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King County Bar Association Drugs and the Drug Laws: Historical and Cultural Contexts 2 DRUGS AND THE DRUG LAWS: HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS Americans are expected to be “drug-free” in a society in which both legal and illegal drugs are used to remarkable excess.

Legislative Chronology - Learn the legislative chronology that had a major influence leading to the establishment of NIDA and to the advancement of drug abuse and addiction research activities to improve public health. Thanks to increased chemical and drug development in the 20th century, more drugs with abuse potential became available.

LSD, methamphetamine and synthetic opiates are all relatively recent drugs. To counter the growing tide of addiction, drug laws became stricter, and drug addiction started to carry a serious social stigma.

A Brief History of the Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance