The US campaign against drug abuse is a more comprehensive anti-drug based initiative moved based on the presumed value of absence and total eradication of drugs. The first step of this initiative would be the prohibition of drugs.
The history of the drug trade began during the Opium War between China and the United Kingdom. China wanted to ban the import of British opium. Following these wars, the United Kingdom retained the freedom to import opium into China. The American government was outraged that the substance was forcefully traded into the country for the single goal of profit. These government members were the laid the foundation for the prohibition of drugs based on the idea that consumption of psychotropic drugs was a danger to society and and endangered moral values. These members were joined by the womens movement and played an important role in influencing US policy and international politics.
In 1906, US lawmakers put in place a law aimed at controlling the sale of cocaine. In 1914, the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act was extremely prohibited alcohol (1919-1933) and marijuana in 1937.
After the Second World War, the United States took control of the international anti-drug regulation, notably through the United Nations conventions designed to prohibit or regulate these products (1961, 1971 and 1988).
Drugs are rampant in today's society, with some communities flaunting the use of drugs. Vancouver, BC is one city that openly flaunts it's local production of marijuana. Major issues in today's society include drug abuse, legalization of marijuana, medicinal marijuana, and crime that stems from drug trade and drug addictions. Drugs are blamed for a wide variety of crimes ranging from street muggings for an addict to feed his / her addiction to high scale organized crime.