The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act accelerated the war on drugs and had many unintended consequences that spurred future interventions. The Harrison Act was also an effect of earlier government policies—created in part to deal with prior interventions into narcotic markets.

Audrey Redford is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Free Market Institute and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics at Texas Tech University.
Benjamin Powell is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.
Civil Liberties and Human RightsDrug WarLaw and LibertyPolicing
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