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Legalization of Narcotics Narcotics or drugs are substances that affect the bodys functions They can stimulate the mind make people depressed or make them hyper Marijuana heroin LSD PCP cocaine and anabolic steroids are all considered narcotics Narcotics are illegal in the US Even though drugs are illegal about 12 million people use them anyway Many strict laws have been passed against drugs but they seem to have little affect People still decide to sell or use drugs for recreational purpose This is why narcotics should be legalized Before 1914 it was legal to make sell or use any type of drugs Many of the drugs were used for medicinal use This was before people found out how addictive and harmful drugs were The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 required medicine labels to show whether over the counter drugs contained narcotics After the act was passed many Americans did not buy medicine that contained narcotics The Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 made narcotics illegal except for medicinal purpose On 1919 the Supreme Court changed the Harrison Narcotics Act They made it illegal for doctors to prescribe narcotic drugs to addicts The Controlled Substance Act was created in 1970 The CSA turned fifty-five drug laws into one big one This act sets the minimum penalties for the use or distribution of narcotics State and local governments can make the drug laws stricter but have to follow the minimal guidelines set by the CSA The CSA divides narcotics into five categories called schedules Schedule I drugs are only allowed for controlled experimentation They have the highest potential for abuse These drugs are heroin LSD marijuana and Ecstasy Schedule II drugs are also restricted but can be prescribed by doctors under special circumstances These drugs are cocaine and PCP Schedule III drugs have medical use but can be abused These are mostly painkillers and barbiturates such as codeine and morphine Schedules IV and V
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