War on Drugs - Background. Drug Wars both cause and encompass all forms of deviance: street crime, addicts, prostitutes to organized crime, political and organizational corruption, government assassination plots and corporate profiteering.
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Our goal: To explain the existence, process and outcomes of Drug Wars, both in the US and internationally.
Migration and Drug Wars
Social psychology of drug use.
Labor, the Economy and Political Landscape
How Policy Could be Handled
Beginning of US Policy:
The Harry Anslinger Effect: Became commissioner of FBN (federal bureau of narcotics). A bureaucrat, cultivated political connections, drew support from pharmaceutical lobby, utilized conservative newspapers.
The Nixon Years: Connected drug use with anti-government (read: anti-war and anti-Nixon) behavior.
Bush I years continued the drug war, expanding it, imprisoning more and more,
During Clinton years, imprisonment continued, with some saying it is credited with the lower unemployment rates, but those were also boom years. Names Army General Barry McCaffrey as drug czar. Pardons a number of non-violent drug users in prison.
Bush II: more of the same.
LSD as an example
Enter the ‘psychedelic pioneers’ – therapeutic value and spiritual exploration