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June 18, 1986: Boston Celtics draft choice Len Bias, a student at the University of Maryland, dies from heart failure from cocaine poisoning, leading to a media frenzy and enactment without hearings of the infamous federal mandatory minimum sentences.

June 19, 1812: The United States goes to war with Great Britain after being cut off from 80% of its Russian hemp supply. Napoleon invades Russia to sever Britain's illegal trade in Russian hemp.

June 19, 1991: In a secret vote, the Colombian Assembly votes 51-13 to amend the nation's Constitution effective July 5 to ban extradition. Infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar immediately surrenders to Colombian police.

June 20, 1995: Former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite called the drug war a failure on a Discovery Channel installment of The Cronkite Report, saying, "We cannot go into tomorrow with the same formulas that are failing today."

June 24, 1982: In remarks about Executive Order 12368 made from the White House's Rose Garden, President Ronald Reagan says, "We're taking down the surrender flag that has flown over so many drug efforts. We're running up a battle flag."

June 25, 1923: In a speech in Denver, Senator Morris Shepard, a principal architect of Alcohol Prohibition, says, "There is as much chance of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment as there is for a hummingbird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail."

June 25, 1987: The Supreme Court of Colombia annuls the nation's extradition treaty with the US.

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