May 7, 2012

A Brief History of the Federal War on Drugs

Independent Voter Network: The War on Drugs is a costly and controversial operation of the US federal government. A look into its origins and history is necessary to understand its present scope and its future direction.

The National War on Drugs has gone on since 1914 when the very first national drug law was passed by Congress. That law was the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act which required those firms that manufactured, distributed, or imported narcotics to register with the Internal Revenue Service and pay a tax on the goods they produced and sold. If this was the final law on drugs than it wouldn’t be so bad, but sadly this was just a stepping stone to more intrusive and oppressive laws in the name of the War on Drugs. read more

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