This paper provides an overview of the history of America’s war against drugs and the impact that this figurative war has had on American society. It is clear that the war on drugs has disproportionately harmed racial/ethnic minorities. Punitive policies currently in place have diverted resources away from the social and economic growth of these communities. This is why there is a movement towards working to reform drug laws in order to address the country's drug crisis. The final section includes recommendations that can improve our current response against marijuana.
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Camps, Camila, "Exploring the Impact of Legalization of Recreational Marijuana on Adolescent Drug Use" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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