Good Day nightwork4
That is a very good question. Why is marijuana, cocaine, and the like illegal while tobacco and alcohol, which does just as big a number on you as narcotics, if not more so? What is this about?
Consider this. What are the component ingredients of cigarettes and alcohol? Tobacco, water, corn, wheat, barley, potatoes, grapes, etc. These things, I think, are thought of by most Americans as, well, American things -- therefore "okay."
But marijuana and other narcotics, as substances, have a distinctly foreign "other" association for most Americans.
Just as I believe the Prohibition era had its original origins in anti-Italian and anti-Irish feeling among segments of the population during the turn of the twentieth century; so, too, do I believe this "War on Drugs," has something to do with anti-Mexican feeling.
There are segments of the population who do not like Mexicans very much and yet are not quite comfortable expressing this prejudice directly. The "War on Drugs," "narcotis," as opposed to the drugs of nicotine and alcohol, acts like a carrier, if you will, for anti-Mexican prejudice, in my opinion.