Illegal Drugs and the Community

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Stoker 1 Greg Stoker Professor Maxsam CRIM101 29 November 2007 Illegal Drugs and the Community Illegal drugs in America are a very big and important issue. Many of the laws and policies of the federal government reinforce the notion that smalltime drug users are as much a problem as are the dealers. P.J. O’Rourke put it perfectly, “Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.” Sure, drugs are often linked to very serious crimes such as homicide, domestic abuse, and automobile accidents, but the practice of putting harmless recreational drug users in jail that are of no risk to the community is wrong. The cost of housing all of these inmates and the overcrowding of our jails since the war on drugs began should be red flags that the policy is not working. Most Americans do not see the difference, and policies do not distinguish, between the drug dealers and the individual buying small amounts of illegal drugs for personal use. Drug dealers belong behind bars, not harmless users. I think that this is a huge problem in our criminal justice system in America because while in jail these smalltime offenders only become more criminal-minded. Author Penny Paul describes the interaction between users and dealers as such, “The only thing bad about marijuana is that it is illegal, and to buy it, young and old alike often have to come into contact with serious
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