Drugs and Final Exam
1. Levinthal states that “the wave of anti-drug legislation in the 1980’s profoundly changed America’s criminal justice system” that continues to present times. Highlight some of the major drug regulations between 1980 to present and discuss how these drug regulations have reshaped our criminal justice system. Include at least one major impact to each of the three components of our criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts, corrections) in your discussion. 2. The “Gateway Hypothesis” suggests that the use of a specific drug will inherently lead to the abuse of other, more harmful drugs. Discuss marijuana’s potential as a “gateway” drug. Explain the three considerations of the hypothesis as they apply to marijuana: sequencing, association and causation. 3. How did films like "Reefer Madness" produced and distributed in the 1930’s impact the public’s awareness of marijuana and foster public support for criminalizing marijuana? Include elements of the social milieu at the time to support your answer. 4. Explain the controversial issues in law enforcement profiling. Be sure to include: the “drug courier profile”, U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the most significant criticism of drug-courier profiling methods and one statistic in your discussion.