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Prohibition (alchohol)Prohibition was the period between 1919-1932 in Finland (called 'kieltolaki'), between 1900 and 1948 in locations in Canada and between 1919 and 1933 in the United States when the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition [Sept 2004]
Prohibition (drugs)The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. Present-day attempts to enforce drug prohibition are frequently considered to be part of the ongoing war on drugs instituted by United States president Richard Nixon in 1972.
The prohibition of non-medical drug use is controversial. Opponents often feel that prohibition unfairly impinges on the perceived right of the individual to alter their consciousness. They also argue that prohibition is an ineffective means of controlling the negative effects of non-medical drug use. Proponents of prohibition feel that the use of psychoactive drugs outside of a medical context is so dangerous that absolute prohibition is the only sensible means of control. Some people also oppose the use of certain drugs on moral or dogmatic grounds. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_On_Drugs [Feb 2005]
Harrison Narcotics Tax Act
The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act was an American law that regulated and taxed the production, importation, distribution and use of opiates. The act was approved on December 17, 1914.
"An Act To provide for the registration of, with collectors of internal revenue, and to impose a special tax on all persons who produce, import, manufacture, compound, deal in, dispense, sell, distribute, or give away opium or coca leaves, their salts, derivatives, or preparations, and for other purposes." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Narcotics_Tax_Act [Feb 2005]
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