Political Science Research Paper War on Drugs
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,
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