25 April 2015
War on Drugs
From drug wars, to drug cartels, and government control, the war on drugs has been a critical issue throughout the United States. From the early years of the 1970’s to the 1980’s, there has been a major uprise of the use of drugs and narcotics. However, throughout the development of law making and restrictions, there have been numerous amounts of policies that have been placed upon this controversial issue by the government. From the beginning of time, the war on drugs has sparked an uprise of controversial issues throughout its course of existence. Of course, there has been many policies that have been placed upon this issue; however, as a result there still seems to be no resolvance to this subject matter. The war on drugs has sparked tremendously as the United States had relied on Mexico to be their main suppliers of Marijuana. In the late 1960’s the United States demands for marijuana was slowly increasing as the American population began to smoke marijuana regularly. Years later, the use of marijuana grew enormously by a majority of the military as well as hippies. President Nixon began to realize that the use of drugs was becoming out of control as the, “workingclass white soldiers who were disobeying authority, the hippies, and the antiwar activists… all of these problems, they believed, were regularly high on marijuana (Watt 37). The rates continued to rise within these combative units because of the use of marijuana. In order to
help fix the chaos of drug abuse in the US, President Nixon placed a programme called “Operation Intercept.” The idea of this operation was to completely prohibit any drug operations to occur along the Mexican/US border (Watt 37). However, as a result, the policy had only angered the Mexicans which did not agree, until the President of Mexico, Diaz Ordaz, was informed. The result of this policy was, “quite disastrous, particularly for licit Mexican trade, which can endure an embargo much less easily than the United States” (Watt 37). Mexico agreed with the policy placed by the US however, they were conveying that it would be more difficult to ban such a wide scale operation in Mexico as opposed to ban something in the United States. In the United States, law enforcement has arrested thousands of individuals who have been involved in drug trafficking with the possession of marijuana. In 2009 “officers nationwide made an estimated 13,687,241 arrests… of these, 1,663,582 were for drug violations, over half of which were for marijuana possessions” (Reznicek 46). Over the course of several years from the beginning of policy restrictions against drug trafficking; the war on drugs is a constant battle between the government and civilians. The majority of drug traffickers of the United States population comes to a grand total of, “25 percent of world’s prisoners” (Reznicek 46). A very large majority of the prison population is serving time because possession of narcotics and drug trafficking. In 1973 President Nixon declared war on drugs, his action towards the war on drugs caused in a result of a tremendous amount of money spent on the anti drug war campaign. President Nixon was very determined to stop, the bigtime drug smugglers (Merino 18). As years progressed from the early 70’s, millions of dollars have increased to 12.7 billion dollars in just over 30 years (Nasso 18). President Nixon’s efforts to alleviate the war on drugs, have not made an effective impact. In the early 80’s the use of drugs increased; every year there are, “100,000…
new heroin users” (Nasso 18). A very large amount of the US population have been arrested for the possession of drugs. Out of almost 2 million people who were arrested for possessing narcotics; it is said that nearly 700,000 of those individuals were arrested for the possession of ...
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