AuthorGALAPIA, LEYTON JARED
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractThis paper describes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing the many problems the drug war has given rise to. Presented first is a brief summary of the histories of six drugs: Alcohol, Tobacco, Vicodin, Cannabis, Cocaine, and Heroin. Second, data on the physiological effects of these drugs is given. After analysis of this evidence, the conclusion is reached that current U.S. drug policy is partially informed by long-standing cultural biases, and is ultimately inconsistent. Plan Colombia and the prison industrial complex are used as case studies to support this claim. Finally, Portuguese drug policy is described in order to showcase one successful set of drug laws that is dissimilar to that in the U.S.