Laws Against Drugs
The United States has put laws and regulations into place to try to help control the importing of illegal drugs. In 1914, the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act was put into place. This act was meant to regulate drug distribution. It brought the international community together to attempt to stop drug trafficking and consumption of opium and narcotic drugs. In 1937 the Marihuana Tax Act extended federal restrictions to cover marijuana. This made any kind of use of marijuana illegal no matter what the reason for it was. Finally in 1970 the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 established an antidrug policy that is still in existence today. This act states ways to control and prevent drug use, and states consequences for what happens if you are caught with them.
The United States has three predominant views on addiction. These views originated from “America’s views of alcoholism.” The first view is called the Colonial or Moralist view. This considers drug users to be viewed as “sinful and morally defective.” The second view is called the Temperance view. This view makes it seem like the drug is addicting, and the cause of addiction. This is where the idea that the supply of drugs is hazardous originated. Finally, the third view is called the Disease Concept view. It views addiction as being a “treatable” disease. It also states that the drug dealer and the drug user are not responsible for the spread of these diseases.