The War on Drugs: A War on American Citizens
An in-depth review of the policy implications of America's failed war on drugs.
# 154188 | 5,218 words | 31 sources | 2015 |
Published on May 26, 2015
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From the Paper:"In 2011, members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy declared that the United States had lost the global war on drugs (www.globalcommissionondrugs.org). The commission, a 19-member panel consisting of leaders from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States, publicly echoed the feelings of many academics, policy makers, and citizens around the world. America's war on drugs has failed. "America has spent at least $1 trillion on the drug war. It cost U.S. taxpayers at least $51 billion in 2009 at the state and federal level. That's $169 for every man, woman and child in America" (www.DrugPolicy.org).
"The purpose of this paper is to describe America's war on drugs and discuss the negative consequences of modern U.S. drug policies. First, I will provide an overview of the history of drug legalization. For a better understanding of the current drug policy in United States, it is important to understand the history of drugs and their place in society. Drug legislation and control are relatively recent global phenomena. In this paper, I will analyze the reasons for and costs of legislation. Second, I will discuss the reasons for changes in U.S. drug policy. It is also important to look at the connection between mass incarceration in the United States and current drug policies. This ties into issues the minority community faces with drugs and incarceration. Another focus is the connection between crime and drug legislation. Third, I will present information on how the current drug policy stifles innovation in American health care. This paper will bring to light how current legislation may inhibit the medical field from advancing research into psychotherapy and mental health, in particular, how the use of marijuana and other psychedelic compounds is excluded from medical research. For example, some legislation blocks research on the use of marijuana for treating many debilitating mental and physical illnesses. Last, in the conclusion I will discuss policy recommendations for drug legislation in the United States."
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