Richard Nixon's Drug War

By David Jenison

Richard Nixon—derogatorily nicknamed Tricky Dick for his dirty campaign tactics as a senatorial candidate—served as U.S. President from 1969 to 1974 when a scandal forced him to resign. Under his administration, the government declared war on drugs (June 17, 1971), solidified cannabis prohibition in the Controlled Substances Act and amped up enforcement by establishing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Even compared to the Reagan Administration, Nixon is considered the Supreme Leader of the Drug War championing cannabis prohibition based on political and racist motivations. He even tried to deport former Beatle legend John Lennon due to a cannabis possession arrest years earlier in England. When it comes to presidential prohibitionists, Nixon truly is the biggest Dick of all. 

Prohibition’s Racist Roots

The Controlled Substances Act

The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906

Willie the Hog: A True Gentleman Smuggler

Nixon vs. Shafer Commission

Nixon vs. Lennon

The Start of Cannabis Prohibition

Is Coca Leaf the Next Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis and the CSA

The Substance Schedules

Scheduling Conflicts

The Boggs Act & Mandatory Minimums

420 in Popular Culture

Debunked 420 Myths

Myth Busting: 420 Edition