It costs the United States 51 billion dollars each year on the drug war . Drug use is one of the highest causes of death in the United States. I believe that if drugs become legalized it will be the worst thing that could ever happen to the United States, it would allow tons of criminals out of jail, it would be a normal thing for people to try extremely dangerous drugs, and it would also open the door for nasty drug related infections.
Imagine if marijuana was completely legal, growing it, dealing it, and consuming it. All the crime that has put so many people in jail would be completely legal: "Number of Americans incarcerated in 2012 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,228,400 or 1 in every 108 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world" (1) That would be over 2 million criminals released from jail. The war on drugs would be for nothing. 51 billion dollars spent to keep the drugs that were made legal out of the US (1). There would be 70,000+ lives (1) lost for nothing. People say that weed is a harmless drug but they don't think about the innocent people that get killed every day from the war it has caused. The United States would have wasted your tax dollars to keep this drug out of its country. If marijuana becomes legal, drugs would be coming into the United States left, and right. It would be no big deal for people to walk around on the street high. It would be a normal thing for people to destroy their brain cells, and the government would be the reason that it would be that way.
If cocaine was legal in the United States it would be a normal thing for people to try it, even though people can die from doing cocaine the first time they even try it (2). "About 10,000 people die every year die from cocaine use" (3). Cocaine has chemicals that your brain first reacts to as dopamine, but after your brain gets used to it the chemicals make you depressed when you aren't high, so it makes just you feel better when you are using cocaine. This makes cocaine highly addictive. So, cocaine is highly addictive, and also very deadly. If cocaine was legal the death rates, and the number of people that use cocaine would double. Imagine 20,000 maybe more people struggling with this addiction. This addiction that they thought would be OK because the United States had legalized the drug that they had become addicted to.
If meth was legal there would be lots of people walking around looking like zombies....