This could almost be deemed as a fail in american history, because America created a whole bunch of new conflicts that were not their before. Bootleg alcohol, the mafia, al Capone. These things only aroused because of the Prohibition Act. So all in all, the prohibition act caused more crime, by having Alcohol need to be sold illegal, the rise of the mafia, and just the anger by all Americans.
Illegal drug users destroy their lives and the lives around them. Various health effects are reported by those who grow up around drug activity and by those who use the drugs. These sorts of problems are always happening no matter how many laws are placed on the drugs, and without the assistance of technology and law enforcement crime would be at an all time high. Technology plays a key part in the prevention of illegal drugs being produced, distributed, and sold around the country, while it may be expensive the benefits are worth the cost. The Criminal Justice system should be spending more on technology to prevent the production and distribution of drugs in United States of America.
Women and lower class citizens have also been affected by our drug policies. The war on drugs is rooted in racist ideology and as consequence has disproportionately affected lower class communities of color. This war on drugs will continue until the people decide to take action towards a better and more reasonable policy. The war on drugs has taken top priority for many police department due to policies introduced by the Reagan administration. As a consequence of this renewed fervor against drug use lower class citizens have faced the grunt of Reagan’s war.
As this paper will show, the drug war is a failure on several accounts. Drug prohibition, and the later variation, “war on drugs”, attempt to internationally suppress the inherently complex global drug trade through simplistic means only exasperated the situation. Furthermore, at a national level, the “war on drugs” helped with the criminalization of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens and legitimization of public policies that are insidious in disproportionate consequences to both race, and, ultimately, class; however, it is precisely these factors, as Jarecki argues in his film, that make the drug war successful in other respects. The sale and import of narcotics was first banned in 1914 in the United States; the full ban on narcotics emerged in in 1920. Failure followed closely since this prohibition made the drug trade go underground.
Law enforcement saw people profiting by having others become addicted (Brownstein, 2000: 20). Soon legislation was passed to protect against these harmful substances (Brownstein, 2000: 20). In 1906, the Pure Food and Drug act was passed which required lab... ... middle of paper ... ...past culture has combined drugs with the thought of evil. In conclusion, drugs have had a long history in the United States and will probably never stop being an issue. Our current society and past have associated drugs with violence to an extent that is not even true.
Pro-legalization of Drugs Most Americans regard illegal drugs as one of the nations’ most serious problems, but two generations after the “war on drugs” began, disagreement remains on what should be done. Today’s society is suffering rapid decay due to the never ending war against drugs. Effects of this war like murder, corruption and many other undesirable things are developing and burning through this country’s core while the powers that be debate whether or not drugs should be legalized. Legalization is an option that should be heavily considered. It would be a way to control the import an export of drugs.
Addicts end up committing crimes to pay for drugs because of their high cost, small time users and dealers have no choice but to turn to a life of crime if they are incarcerated, drug cartels break laws to retain power, and more often than not, police officials are also lured by the high markups in the drug trade. By criminalizing drug use, we are creating a vicious cycle of crime that is undermining the very purpose of this policy.
The prohibition era provides a very relevant lesson for the present day. Drugs are outlawed, and because of this gangs can use them to fund themselves, resulting in a proliferation of violence. The excuses for their outlawing is the same as well: they can cause addiction and health issues if used unwisely. If they were to be legalized, there would be a decline in crime, the prison population, and the amount of funding needed for the police force. The drugs in question which are referred to in this paper illegal ones such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, heroin, methamphetamine, morphine, shrooms, and oxycontin.
The United States of America©ˆs war on drugs today is very similar to America©ˆs Prohibition of Alcohol in the 1920©ˆs. These two major issues of their time may not seem like they can be logically compared, but statistics for usage and a correlating rise in crime for both eras show a strong relationship. There is also a tendency for an outright defiance of the laws and law makers of the United States government in both cases. Most people today think that the prohibition of the 1920©ˆs and the current war on drugs have many contrasting points. The opposite is true.
Capone had a big role in taking advantage of the 18th amendment, the prohibition of alcohol. The 18th Amendment was passed because alcohol made America look too filthy and the government worried about its reputation. With many other gangsters, Al Capone started the road of money making by selling alcohol to the citizens, just like before, but this time it was illegal and costs much more money than it was sold before. Al Capone wanted all the power to himself, so he established the idea of illuminating his rivals, the people that practically stole money off his wallet. The killing ideas became too serious, promoting many police searches , but with so many places to hide, Al Capone continued running his organization with the assistant of his good friends.