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drug war - SBS 200 October 17, 2007 Introduction The United...

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SBS 200 October 17, 2007 Introduction The United States drug policy has been the issue of debate for many years now. The government has been adamant about stopping drug use in the country. Although we entered the drug war with the best of intentions, it simply has been unsuccessful. The drug war is meant to reduce the use of many drugs, from marijuana to cocaine to methamphetamine. These substances can be extremely harmful to users; however it is something that they choose to do. When taking a look at the history of humans, one can find that drugs have been used since the earliest days of civilization. Many argue that it is human nature to resort to drug use at one point or another. Taking this into consideration, any attempt to eliminate drug use seems to be a waste of the country’s time and money. The war on drugs has not made the country a safer place. The crime rate has risen, and prisons are overcrowded- mainly with drug users. The government is losing money while drug dealers are making fortunes off of their business. If the government were to legalize these drugs, they would be able to impose a tax on the goods and receive a large profit. In turn, dealers would lose money. Laws created to prevent drug-related crime have changed many views about our Constitutional rights. The drug policy seems to cause more harm to the American society than it does good. Although drug use should not be defined as “acceptable,” legalization is the best solution in terms of drug policy. Law officials could turn their focus to the more dangerous criminals. The economy may thrive as new trading opportunities arise. The drug war has been unsuccessful for decades; it may be time to take a step in the opposite direction.
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McElaney 2 Journal Article #1 Thornton, Mark. Prohibition vs. Legalization: Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on Drug Policy? The Independent Review, Winter 2007. V XI, n 3 pp. 417-433. Retrieved from The Independent Review on October 20, 2007. The legalization of a number of drugs has become a large topic of debate in the last few decades. Legalization of drugs would likely decrease the crime late by large numbers, even cut it in half. The use of these drugs may actually decrease from over time with legalization. Also, the government would make a profit off of these drugs. Crime in the United States would go down in large amounts if drugs were to be legalized. A vast majority of the prison population consists of drug users and sellers. By prohibiting the sale of drugs, drug dealers actually become stronger in turn, being the only suppliers available. In the 1920’s, alcohol was prohibited, causing mayhem and a large spike in criminal acts. The mere fact that it was not allowed made people desire it that much more. When Prohibition finally ended, the liquor industry quickly became cleaned up again. Over time, the use of drugs may slowly decrease with legalization. Surely, at first
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