1830’s, Temperance Movements begin advocating for abstinence from alcohol.
1847, The first prohibition law is passed in Maine (although a prohibition law had previously passed in the Oregon territory).
1855, 13 states enacted prohibition laws.
1869, The National Prohibition Party is founded.
1881, Kansas is first state to include prohibition in its state constitution.
1890, The National Prohibition Party elects its first member of the House of Representatives.
1893, The Anti-Saloon League is formed.
1906, Pure Food and Drug Act.
1909, Smoking Opium Exclusion Act.
1912, International Opium Convention.
1914, Harrison Narcotics Act.
1917, The US Senate passes the Volstead Act on December 18th which is one of the significant steps to the passage of the 18th amendment.
1918, The War Time Prohibition Act is passed to save grain for the war effort duringWorld War I.
1919, On October 28th the Volstead Act passes the US Congress and establishes the enforcement of prohibition.
1919, On January 29th, the 18th amendment is ratified by 36 states and goes into effect on the federal level.
1920’s, The rise of bootleggers such as Al Capone in Chicago highlight the darker side of prohibition.
1922, Narcotic Drug Import & Export Act.
1924, The Heroin Act.
1929, Elliot Ness begins in earnest to tackle violators of prohibition and Al Capone’s gang in Chicago.
1932, On August 11th, Herbert Hoover gave an acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination for president in which he discussed the ills of prohibition and the need for its end.
1933, On March 23rd, Franklin D. Rooseveltsigns the Cullen-Harrison Act which legalizes the manufacture and sale of certain alcohol.
1933, On December 5th, prohibition is repealed with the 21st amendment.
1934, Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act.
1937, Marijuana Tax Act
Mark Thornton observes that . . .
As written, the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 was legislation that established a tax and registration requirement on narcotics and cocaine. Politicians and journalists openly targeted Chinese immigrants, Southern blacks, and Mexicans with outrageous propaganda. The real priority of the legislation, however, was to comply with the first international drug control treaty, the International Opium Convention of 1912.
Just three months ago, last November, California voted to de-felonize drug offenses. The modern war on drugs, which is really a war on people, was born out of the Iran-Contra Scandal of 1986. Here is a timeline of CIA activity.