"Alaska" (and beyond ) Drug Policy
"Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth."
"Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."
William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Prohibition... makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... and strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." Abraham Lincoln (1 )
On visit to the USA in 1921 Albert Einstein noted about prohibition "The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law ... For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced."(2)
From the wacky side
"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others."
Harry J. Anslinger
To my cites
Significant Dates in the History of American Drug Policy(3 )
1860 First anti-morphine law enacted, Pennsylvania
1875 First law against opium smoking enacted, San Francisco
1885 First state law against opium smoking, Ohio
1887 Federal law against opium importing and exporting
1897 First state law against cocaine, Illinois
1898 Discovery of heroin in Germany
1906 Pure Food and Drug Act
1908 Towns-Lambert opium addiction "cure" announced
1909 International Opium Commission meeting, Shanghai
1909 Federal law against importing or using opium for nonmedicinal purposes
1912 International Opium Convention, The Hague
1914 Harrison Act
1915-1925 Passage of local and state anti-marijuana laws
1919 Webb et al. v. United States and United States v. Doremus Supreme Court decisions
1921 American Medical Association denounces ambulatory narcotic treatment
1922 United States v. Behrman Supreme Court decision
1992 Narcotic Drugs Import and Export Act
1923 Shreveport ( LA) narcotic clinic closes
1925 Linder v. United States Supreme Court decision
1929 Act to Create Federal Narcotic Farms
1930 Creation of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry J. Anslinger, Commissioner
Background information on select drugs.
Enforcement of Drug policy.
Drug treatment issues
Recreation drug use