War on Drugs in Guatemala Oriana Peñaranda Introduction to International Relations 1011 Dr. Charles MacDonald March 23, 2012 The Central American country of Guatemala has experienced the traumatic effects of drug trafficking for about 30 years now and is desperately trying to find solutions to resolve this problem. Drug cartels have taken over large swathes of Guatemala and other Central American countries, fueling some of the highest murder rates in the world. Drug trafficking is a major issue because it threatens the stability, prosperity and peace of the country. The issue of illegal drug trafficking and the violence that comes with it is nothing new to Guatemala. Why does Guatemala suffer from the immense amount of drug trafficking?
-- Attributed to Abraham Lincoln: Dec 18, 1840. End the Reefer Madness In the 1930’s the United States’ government bombarded Americans with blatant lies about marijuana. Termed the “reefer madness” era by some, Americans were made to believe that marijuana would cause insanity, violence, and sexual promiscuity (unknown author 1). In 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, which only served to push marijuana further underground. Thirty years later, marijuana emerged as the drug of choice for many middle class young adults.
From this, we see that the criminological theory examines crime, criminals, and the environment in an effort to explain criminal behavior. I chose an article to study and compare from The Journal of Jurisprudence. The article was Drug Legalization: Rescuing Central America from the Claws of Crime. Basically, this article says that within Central America, the drug trade has taken a turn for the worst in Central America. As a result, the people of their society are struck with a lot of crime.
The real question posed is if marijuana really is as bad as society and the government portrays it to be? Marijuana has been around since the beginning of time and has quickly made its spot in the U.S, ranking as the country's number one cash crop, surpassing corn, soybeans and wheat, making it's total income at about $35.8 billion. Marijuana has traces that date to the Chinese in 3000 B.C.E. Though marijuana was not used as a recreational purpose to obtain “ psychoactive effects” then, it was widely exploited for medical purposes to cure major illnesses and to promote vital energy in places such as India. However, marijuana has had a relatively recent appearance in America beginning in the 1900's.
Name CJA 394 Global Crimes Analysis Date Global Crimes Analysis The safety of the people in the world is an issue called global crime. Trading weapons, human and drug trafficking, and groups of prostitutes are all things that may be involved in international, or global, crime. There are some nations that do not follow rules or guidelines and that are sold nuclear weapons by other smaller, less powerful nations. One of the issues that has been taken way out of control is human trafficking. According to International Trafficking (2010), victims of human trafficking are traded inside of their own country's border as well as inside of the border of another country.
“But Crack is illegal!” you say. The point Moore is making is that crack is illegal for a reason. “We, as a society have determined that crack destroys people’s lives.” “It ruins entire communities.” “It tears apart the very backbone of our country.” Our country has laws that tell us that we cannot sell crack because of this reason, but what about corporate downsizing? Corporate downsizing also destroys communities and families so why are it not illegal? Moore states, “For every pound of cocaine that is transformed into rack, a dealer stands to make a profit of $45,000.” This is a statistics that shows how much money you could make by selling crack.
Not just that, but I also think, and economists agree with me, that the country could gain a lot in taxes, if the sale of marijuana in general was legalized, just as the tobacco a drug that kills 6 million people per year in US*is. “More than 300 economists, including three nobel laureates, have signed a petition calling attention to the findings of a paper by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, which suggests that if the government legalized marijuana it would save $7.7 billion annually by not having to enforce the current prohibition on the drug. The report added that legalization would save an additional $6 billion per year if the government taxed marijuana at rates similar to alcohol and tobacco.”** Basically, marijuana is a preparation of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Common called Cannabis, this hemp plant seems to have its origins in Asia, and it has reached Europe more than a thousand years ago. Marijuana started being restricted and becoming illegal as a drug in the US by the latter 80,s, early 90’s.
Running Head: ANTI-DRUG LEGISLATION ANALYSIS Anti-drug Legislation Analysis Shanna Wilkins University of Phoenix August 1, 2011 CJA/354 Facilitator: Paul Croushore The war on drugs is intended to stop the distribution, trade, consumption, and production of drugs. The war on drugs is why the American prison population has escalated. Because drug crimes have escalated the prison population has tripled since the early 1980s. Homicide, robbery, and assault are no longer the number one reasons for incapacitation; this is the reason prisons are so overcrowded (Foster, 2006). In this paper the student was asked to analyze federal and state anti-drug legislation.
Raps referenced to the great political views of the Reagan presidential era, which brought crack cocaine, and the disease of AIDS into the equation, Also along with the paycheck to paycheck poverty society. The corporate takeover of hip-hop has changed the business, although the underground style is still from the basic heart of the music formula. . Kevin Powell quoted George Orwell “everything is political, and question why they have chosen a certain path of being materialistic and hedonism is more important than
According to “Campus Activism Defeats Multinational's Prison Profiteering,” and “Steel Town Lockdown,” correctional centers run by Corrections Corporation of America, makes a lot of money locking up convicted criminals. They do this by hiring staff no experience, and importing inmates from overflowing prisons. In New York communities