Unformatted text preview: later, rising immigration from Mexico prompted a legal ban on marijuana. Moreover, the social standing of the user has much to do with how severely our society punishes illegal drug use. • Conflict theorists also note that it is powerful corporate interests who sell highly profitable drugs—including alcohol and tobacco—with the full protection of the law, even though these two drugs are linked to more deaths annually than all the illegal drugs combined. 3) The symbolic interactionist perspective examines the varying meanings that people attach to individual behavior, including drug use. From this perspective, a drug that is defined by one group as part of a religious ceremony may be considered dangerous by another group. Also, a drug may be legal at one point in time, and outlawed later on (e.g., cocaine in the United States). Alternatively, a drug once outlawed may become legal (e.g., cannabis in the Netherlands)....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, cocaine, role drugs