Should drugs be legalized in America

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Lorenc 1 Kelli Lorenc Mrs. Vance English 098 21 May 2010 Legalizing illegal drugs Should drugs be legalized in America? This is the question that has caused so much debate. What I don’t understand is it that tobacco, a drug which is legal kills approximately 400,000 people a year, and About 80,000 people die from alcohol use and even with heroin, and cocaine combined There is less than 2,500 deaths from the use of those illegal drugs 1 , so I do think that with these numbers drugs should be legalized. Furthermore legalizing drugs could boost our economy we would be spending less of the tax payers money on sending petty criminals such as soft drug users to jail. (A soft drug user is a person, who mainly smokes marijuana.) Our country has 1.7 million Americans incarcerated; and nearly 80% of those people are in there because of drug offenses 1 . To one drug dealer in jail runs our government around $450,000, because of the following for an arrest and a conviction is roughly $150,000, to get another bed in the prison is around $50,000 to $150,000. And with the average sentence of 5 years being given out for a petty crime like drugs it cost $150,000 just house the prisoner. That $450,000 could be used for so much more important things like our schools were taking so much away from our youth to incarcerate single drug users. 2 America should legalize all drugs but we should have clinics set up for our hard drug users. (the ones that use heroin, and cocaine) a place where someone can go in and purchase these drugs but they are limited to a certain amount per day and in order to purchase the drugs they must purchase a fresh needle or pipe and must use the drugs on site and dispose of all
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