Harrison Narcotic Act

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Harrison Narcotic Act

A law enacted in 1914 that classified certain drugs as habit forming and restricted their sale and distribution.
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What started as medicinal and curative for centuries became addictive, with the opium smokers and heroin sniffers leading--in the United States--to the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914, which essentially criminalized addiction.
The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, which gives the federal government broad power to tax the sale and manufacturing of opiates, is passed.