Legalization Of Drugs


The illegal usage of drugs is very prevalent in our country
today. The problem has gotten so severe, that many options
are being considered to control it or even solve it. The
war on drugs does not seem to be accomplishing enough, and
different options need to be considered. Legalization is an
option that hasn't gotten a chance but should be given one.
Although many people feel that legalizing drugs would
increase the amount of use, drugs should be legalized
because it will reduce the great amounts of money spent on
enforcement and it will increase our country's revenue. 

Legalization is considered unnecessary by many people. They
feel that it will increase the amount of drug use in our
country. They say that many cases of drug users who have
quit, did so because of troubles with the law. Legalization
would eliminate the legal force that discourages the users
from using or selling drugs. They also say that by making
drugs legal, the people that have never tried drugs before
for fear of getting caught by the law, will have no reason
to be afraid anymore and they will become users.
However, making drugs legal will reduce the great amounts
of money spent on enforcement every year. Drug dealers and
users are one step ahead of the enforcement process. If one
drug lord is caught, another one will show up somewhere
else. We cannot win. In 1987, 10 billion dollars were spent
alone just on enforcing drug laws. Drugs accounted for
about 40 percent of all felony indictments in the New York
City courts in 1989. This figure quadrupled since 1985. One
can only imagine what this figure would be like today.
Forty percent of the people in federal prison are drug law
violators. Too much money is wasted on a cause for which
there seems to be no end. In 1989 a Republican county
executive of Mercer County NJ estimated that it would cost
him as much as one billion dollars to build the jail space
needed to house all the hard-core drug users in Trenton
alone. All of this money could be used on better things.
Legalizing drugs would also increase our economy's revenue.
During Prohibition alcohol use was still rampant. People
were still drinking it, even though is was illegal. The
21st Amendment repealed prohibition and alcohol taxes were
increased. The same thing should happen with drugs. The
drugs should be taxed heavily to increase our revenue. The
drugs would be made by the same people who make aspirin so
the quality would be assured- no poisons, no adulterants.
Sterile hypodermic needles will be readily available at
corner drug stores. These could be taxed heavily because
the users will be assured of "clean drugs." The money
collected from the taxes could be used for method owned
clinics for the users.
As George P. Schultz stated, "We're not really going to get
anywhere until we can take the criminality out of the drug
business and the incentives for criminality out of it."
Legalization will be profitable to our economy in two ways.
It will allow for the money spent on drug law enforcement
to be spent more wisely and it will increase our revenue.
As for whether or not there will be an increase in use, we
can never tell unless we give legalization a chance. 


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