It is a fact that the arrests associated with drugs will greatly reduce in the short term, if the laws associated with them are repealed. The legalization of drugs would ensure a reduction in their market prices and this would rid America of all the drug cartels. These cartels normally operate in the black market and a lot of violence exists between gangs from different cartels. The violence would greatly reduce with the abolition of cartels (Califarno, 1996).
This statement is however fictional, since if these drugs were readily available anyone including children will have free access to them since one can purchase them as easily as aspirin. It is very easy for teenagers and children to buy alcohol and cigarettes in America today (Magginis, 2000). Another shocking fact is that 11 percent of Americans confessed to have easy access to drugs in their neighbor hoods although they are prohibited. Legalizing them will only make it easier than it already is and more children will be addicted.
The statistics from the department of justice shows that criminals are susceptible to committing more robberies, homicides and assaults while under the influence of drugs (Califarno, 1996). These statistics are high because these criminals indulge in crime to generate money for buying drugs. This could only mean that if these drugs were legalized, they would be sold at cheaper prices and this would reduce the crimes committed in a bid to get money to buy drugs. Having considered that prohibition has failed miserably in curtailing drug use, the government should consider lessening the strictness on drug legislation.
Other countries’ such as Mexico which is a major supplier of marijuana does not have a similar drug problem like the ones experienced in America. The laws in Mexico are less prohibitive and marijuana smoking is not outlawed. People will always indulge in smoking of joints and getting high no matter what the law says. An initiative by the government should involve experimentation of legalization of marijuana in one state and examining the impact it has on the social problems and crime. If this is successful, this idea can be introduced to other states by using the empirical data collected from the sample state.
If legalizing weed causes more problem than before, the government has the power to illegalize the drug again. The imbibing of drugs is a personal choice made by many indulgers and the rules of the governments will not stop these people from the road to self destruction. The government is always on the look out for the safety of non- users of drugs. This is however very hypocritical since alcohol which causes the same damage as drugs to the users and the immediate environment is not illegal. The government should stop practicing double standards and ensure that neither drug users nor alcoholics are let to off easily.
Conclusion I have shown both sides of the effect of legalizing drugs and before a choice is made, facts should be carefully analyzed to come up with the right strategy. The fight for freeing America from drugs seems to defy prohibition and it is the high time other alternative policies are formulated. Prohibition has added more problems to the already existing one as drug lords are reaping billions of dollars from drug sales in the black market. This is what we all a catch 22 situation as legalizing or prohibiting drugs will be accompanied with several problems.
The fight will have to start with individual responsibility and family values as abuse of drugs is an issue of moral decadence. It is also clear that whether drugs are legitimized or prohibited, abusers will always somehow find access to them. The most important rehabilitation is to educate people on the consequences of drug use and offer more treatment facilities to those already hooked.
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