Marijuana Legalization The War On Drugs is Racist
In past articles, I have shown that the War on Drugs is very profitable for politicians and some big businesses. I have also shown that it causes the police to become corrupted. However, I never talked about the reasonswhy there is such a “war.” While some might actually invoke reasons that sound acceptable – German philosopher Immanuel Kant said that drugs “make one taciturn, withdrawn, and uncommunicative” — most people will use their heart rather than their brain. Or, to paraphrase late Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier: “Drug prohibitionists don’t have opinions but only sentiments.”
And the most obvious sentiment is racism. Mass prohibition (which could be considered unconstitutional with respect to the Tenth Amendment) started with opium smoking in 1909. It was directed towards people of Chinese origin, who were the biggest opium smokers. It was believed that Chinese men lured white women to have sex in opium dens. However, the Anti-Opium Act did not forbid drinking and injecting tinctures of opiates, which were popular among whites.