A century-long attempt by the American government to suppress the recreational use of narcotics, based for the bulk of its history upon racial prejudice. The first major piece of federal legislation (the Harrison Act) was passed in 1914, chiefly justified by a fear of east-asian opium. In the subsequent years, marijuana became the primary focus of drug warriors as its use was increasingly associated with Mexican immigrants and the (black-dominated) jazz scene. Correlating drug use with inner-city crime, Richard Nixon (and later Ronald Reagan) explicitly declared war on drug use in the US, and allocated massive spending increases to the associated federal bureaus. While the rhetoric used by George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush was less harsh, no effort has been made in the past twenty years to rein in federal spending on the drug war; over that span the media spotlight was shifted from inner-city crack abuse to inner-city heroin abuse to youth ecstasy use to rural methamphetamine use in the hopes of maintaining hysteria.
The war on drugs has focused primarily upon two weakly-related goals: the reduction of domestic demand for drugs based upon punitive measures (that is, jail time) and the reduction of foreign supply through crop eradication and the interception of drug shipments (the end goal being to raise US prices by lowering supply). As is borne out by the US government's own data, both strategies are crippled by deep logical flaws.
The first flaw concern...
"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others."
-Harry Anslinger, America's first drug czar, in 1937
The War on Drugs: It's all about race!
A pointless war, currently taking place in the united states. Specifically made by the government to make big bucks thru harsh punishment of illicit drug use by citezens. The irony of this is that the people in office commanding this war use drugs too, so they're just a bunch of stupid hipocrits. Throw shoes at em.
Deep inside the command center of the war on drugs
Government official: Sir, I have just recieved a fax from the US department of justice, showing this years total amount of arrests of non-violent drug offenders
President: Why thank you sir, I'l take a quick glance at it as soon as im done snorting this line
Government official: Well hey, do you think i could get a lil' bump?
President: Most Definitly, lets have a cocaine party!