This what ive written regarding my topic. I plan to house my project on powerpoint so that is why I do not have a link connecting my post. My cites are mentioned on my other posts, I will include it within my powerpoint and at the end of my essay
Since the era of Richard Nixon’s presidency and his implementation of his “War on Drugs” during the 1960’s, the topic of recreational drugs has been tainted by society. Many of these laws were in place to forward the president’s agenda; the little research that was done was not based on scientific research but mainly part of a larger political agenda. Culturally and socially, recreational drugs were noticed to be used by younger generations and connected to youthful rebellion, social opposition, and political dissent. The way this connects politically, especially to Nixon’s term, was the opposition to the Vietnam War. Youthful rebellion and political dissent connect perfectly; Nixon needed to keep support for his war overseas but with the draft-able age revolting against a war they saw no reason in, this proved rather difficult. The two substances that gained popularity during this time, especially within “hippy” culture was LSD and marijuana. Nixon was highly against the presence of marijuana within the US society, mainly for his political agenda but also on the aspect of race. Nixon is recorded to have said derogatory terms against Jews and Communists on the basis of marijuana being weaponized to push their agenda. He also mentions how left-wingers pushed for decriminalization of marijuana since they were trying to take power from the presidency in office. Not only was Nixon attacking and segregating certain ethnicities, but his assigned commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger is quoted mentioning the reason to his opposition to marijuana, “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others. Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men” (Wing 4).
Ronald Reagan’s presidency forwarded the “War on Drugs” to another level. Under Reagan’s presidency, incarceration rates skyrocketed to a massive number, along the terms of nonviolent drug charges. During this era, the “Just Say No” campaign and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program was implemented into society to resist and curb drug use.