The 80’s

The 80’s

The 80’s

Ethan Nadelmann | Feb 02, 2019

The early years of the War on Drugs

Things began to heat up slowly in the ‘80s starting with Ronald Reagan. Rudy Giuliani was working in the Justice Department and began to plot out a kind of federal war on drugs. 1986 is where it really took off.

All of the liberal views around marijuana in the late '70s were pushed to the side and almost eradicated. There was a major generational shift in the late ‘80s. That's when you hit the crack cocaine craze, when people started to get hysterical. It's when the fears around rising levels of violent crime connected to the illicit drug markets came to light. With the idea of crack cocaine in our minds, this instantly addictive drug for anybody who touches it. A Republican in the White House plus fearful Democrats in Congress was the perfect storm. Read the full Article:

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