Penalties for marijuana use and drug trafficking
The use of marijuana is on the rise and the reason for it, drug trafficking. There are many people in prison due to drug relates crimes who are addicts which was the outcome of trafficking drugs such as marijuana. These drugs are circulating in our neighborhoods and around our children at school. Equally, this has affected people all over the United States. Although for the United States to fight the war on drugs and help with the reduction of drugs and crime in this country, the problem needs to be addressed. Therefore the penalties applied for marijuana and drug trafficking should be enforced more.
The issue is how drug trafficking and marijuana use linked to drug related crimes. Mexico is one country who contributed to the beginning of the drug trade to the United States in the early 1900?s. Mexican seasonal migrant workers in the 1920s introduced to Americans the smoking of cannabis leaves. A mass market for cannabis consumption did not develop, however, until the rise of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. Lastly, a mass market for synthetic drugs such as methamphetamines developed in the 1990s in the United States, and Mexican drug cartels became dominant suppliers of these too(Gonz?lez, F.. (2009). Mexico\'s Drug Wars Get Brutal).
Immigrants, who were here in the United States as workers from Mexico, transported the drugs into the country. ?Drug trafficking has figured prominently in Mexico?s domestic and foreign affairs for much of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Such variations in views are especially relevant for the past few decades, given the most recent wars on drugs, but shifts in views and governmental responses to drugs have occurred over time, including in the actions of the federal government and presidential administrations.?2 The Harrison Act (1914) and Marijuana Tax Act (1937), which criminalized narcotics and cocaine and set the stage for the criminalization of marijuana, respectively, were passed during times of public intolerance of drug use Laws increasing penalties for drug use and trafficking also increased during this period and through the 1950s (Inciardi, 1999; Musto, 1999). (Nielsen, Journal of Drug Issues2010) . ?In the 1920s, Mexican workers in the U.S. southwest were linked to the use of marijuana, a linkage which served as part of the rationale for their forced repatriation during the Depression years of the 1930s? (Drug Trafficking. (2004). In Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History.). The reason for drug trafficking is mainly for monetary reason that is not contributing to our country?s economy. Since then, Mexican drug cartels have become more powerful and one of the largest drug trafficking organizations shipping illicit drugs such as marijuana into the United Sates. More troubling is that cartels are now even growing marijuana on U.S. public lands, mostly throughout its national parks and forests, in order to avoid the danger of smuggling drugs across the U.S.-Mexican border (Gonz?lez, F. (2009). Mexico\'s Drug Wars Get Brutal).
Involvement with street and prison gangs helped the Mexican drug cartels to distribute marijuana and other drugs in the United States. Marijuana is particularly valuable to cartels because they control the entire production line; they both grow and distribute by themselves, making it a more reliable revenue source (Amerigian, Outdated Drug War Needs Revision2011). The desire for economic gain and the huge demand for illegal narcotics in receiving countries, such as the United States and Europe, have greatly escalated the competition between drug cartels (Transnational organised crime and the drug industry. (2006) In the Essentials of Global Politics). The drug cartels are the ones supplying illicit drugs into the United States.? The United States is an attractive target for several geographic and physical reasons: it has sprawling coastlines with small isolated ports conductive to undetected movements and deserts that makes good airfields or parachute drop sites due to the lack of guardianship, allowing for drugs to be picked up undetected? (Transnational organised crime and the drug industry. (2006). In the Essentials of Global Politics.).As a result, illicit drugs such as marijuana are being distributed in our neighborhoods and schools, affecting everyone around it. Once the drugs are in circulation, they are sent out to a dealer who sells the drugs to addicts who commits crimes to support their habit.
The drug marijuana can be linked between trafficking drugs and some drug related crimes. Marijuana is the most commonly