war on drugs

You probably thought the War on Drugs had ended with cannabis legalization. It didn’t. As a socio-political tool to manage the accumulation of power, it is still alive and active. The identification of certain social groups with certain drugs has long been a way of legally controlling the political power of those ethnic and civic groups. Anti-opium laws were directed at the Chinese. Anti-marijuana laws in the Southwest were directed at Mexican laborers and immigrants. 
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Washington (CNN)One of Richard Nixon’s top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies, according to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper’s Magazine.   “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman told Harper’s writer Dan Baum 
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