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Abraham Lincoln once said: “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”(Lincoln) When most people think of prohibition, they think of the 18th amendment of the constitution; the alcohol ban in the 1920’s. Most people nowadays think of the law as ridiculous, implausible, impossible to enforce, an attack of freedom, and a complete failure. These are all true and most people think that prohibition is a thing of the past, forgetting the modern day prohibition: The War on Drugs.
The History of The war on drugs
Why didn’t we listen to Lincoln? People have been using drugs for thousands of years. The first anti-drug laws in the USA were solely based on the public’s views on the laws; mostly racist propaganda. The very first anti-drug law was outlawing Opium in 1870 which was …