It's Time to End the Drug War
B.I.G., P-O, P-P-A
No info, for the, DEA
Federal agents mad cause I'm flagrant
Tap my cell, and the phone in the basement
-Notorious B.I.G. lyrics from “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”
In Christopher Wallace’s (a.k.a. Notorious BIG) “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”, the late rapper from Brooklyn mentions his run in with the police earlier in his life. Christopher Wallace came to be known as arguably the greatest rapper the world has ever heard, but before the days as a famous entertainer Christopher Wallace an average crack dealer in New York. Many youths in the New York area wish to follow his path, and sell drugs in their respective neighborhoods in order to be able to “roll in style.” Some individuals would try to say that the current system for dealing with drugs works in this country, look what it did for Christopher Wallace how he straightened up his life after jail. That could be the furthest from the truth, if one were to look at the rest of Christopher Wallace’s songs, one could deduct the violence, and anger that has built up in him. Christopher Wallace’s life would come to an abrupt and violent end, when he would be shot down in a drive-by in Los Angeles at the age of 24. The tragic end of such a talented and troublesome life, brings me to ask the question whether the US’s war on drugs is actually accomplishing anything, when drugs are still easily available in metropolitan cities across the country, especially New York.
The modern Drug War’s roots can be dated back to US anti-imperialist sentiments against the British since the 19th century. More recent incarnations of these sentiments are figures such as Richard Nixon, Harry Anslinger, and George Bush. Drugs such as heroin, created by a German pharmaceutical company in an attempt to fight opium addiction, have always been a hot topic among politicians. The United States has always dived in head first to lead the way in the fight against drugs, by creating such policies as the Harrison Act and organizations like the DEA. These attempts by the United States to fight drugs from an enforcement side have created more problems than they have solved. One needs to only look at the past decade or so since George Bush declared his own personal “war on drugs” to see the damaging effects of the current and old US policy on drugs.
Richard Nixon created the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 1973 in attempt to combat the increasing drug problem in the United States. Nixon saw the need to coordinate the efforts of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) and the US Customs Service so that there would be a more efficient enforcement of drug laws and regulations. The creation of the DEA has resulted in an emphasis on the law enforcement aspect of the drug problem. This strategy can be seen in the time period from the mid eighties until the present time through an ever-increasing budget of the DEA and local drug enforcement...