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Discuss four major drug control laws enacted by the federal government since 1900

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Discuss four major drug control laws enacted by the federal government since 1900 (do not include the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Volstead Act, and the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution). Summarize each act, the rationale for its enactment, any events that led up to its passage, controversies surrounding the act, and any other relevant information necessary to give a detailed overview of each law. Respond in no less than 500 words.

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The current social climate of the United States with regard to marijuana decriminalization and legalization, which has been at the center of many conversations and debates in both the political and private sectors, it seems appropriate to focus on the acts implemented after 1900 that contributed to the criminalizing of marijuana.

Four laws enacted by the federal government that initiated and later solidified the criminalizing marijuana are:

The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 - established a tax of $1 per ounce to a registered person and $100 per ounce to an unregistered person (White & Holman, 2012).

The Boggs Act of 1951 - Began the criminal sanctioning of marijuana by increasing the penalties associated with ...

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This solution provides a brief description of 4 major drug laws enacted by the federal government since 1900, that initiated and solidified the criminalization of marijuana. It also provides a brief description on how these acts may have contributed to the racial disparities in adjudication, sentencing, and prison population.