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The debate over drugs and drug legalization is an increasingly important political issue as we proceed into the twenty-first century It is important that we proceed into this era with a keen sense of direction on this issue Whether we increase our current laws or we proceed in the direction legalization It is obvious that some reformation of our current policy is needed But the drug legalization debate is not a issue that should only concern our political officials and law makers It should concern all of us since all of us are affected by the laws governing the trade and use of drugs In this paper I will address the drug legalization debate from the view of the anti-legalist and the view of the legalist I will also address the historical issues and arguments that lead to the prohibition on drugs and the subsequent War on Drugs Before we look ahead to the debate over legalization we should first look back at what took place to bring about the current drug prohibition The drug hysteria first started around the turn of the century by Orville Marshall who documented San Franciscos opium dens In his report he documented the people who frequented these dens of sin He found that a significant number of the patrons were criminals of varying degree and classified the rest as the undesirables of society What he proposed was for federal intervention in an attempt to lower crime and rid society of the scourge that drugs represented The report lead to the Harrison Act of 1914 which restricted the use of opiates and cocaine to medicinal uses only The Harrison Acts language is relatively vague leading to varied interpretations and throughout the years has become the cornerstone of the American drug prohibition Leading to the formation of the DEA Drug Enforcement Agency in 1974 It has also allowed for further restrictions on the use of drugs for both personal and medicinal
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