Do you think we should legalize drugs? Do you agree that we are spending too much money in drug control? Would our children be safe if there were no drug control anymore? Drug control has been a social pathology problem that overwhelms the safety of all Americans. Debates about drug legalization, which started with the issue of medical use of substances, have been taken place, creating a strong controversy. According to a poll conducted by ABC news in May 1997, 69% of Americans support of drug legalization (Review Of The National Drug Control Strategy, 1996). There are also people who argue that the establishment of anti-drugs laws but also the implementation of these is creating a deficit in our economy; others believe that there would be a profit if drugs would be legalized, because of the implementation of taxes over them; however, it is not all about money; it is about the public safety. Strong evidence has proved that the use and abuse of drugs are critically harming our community; according to a national survey on drug use and health in 2002 and 2003, last year, about 2.5% of Americans age 12 or older used cocaine and another 0.75% abuse or had a dependence on cocaine (Recoveryhub, 2004). Even though there are social and political issues about this controversial topic, we shall hold responsibility as well.
Because every generation has its own conflicts and beliefs, the government should review and create anti-narcotics laws, and supervise the different federal drug law enforcement Agencies that neither violate individuals’ rights, nor leave criminals without punishment.
The United States, in an effort to stop drug control, has created federal anti-narcotics laws, such as the Harrison Act of 1914 and its many amendments that were created by the government in an attempt to impede physicians from providing addicts with drugs, and to regulate drug trade. Although the Harrison Act was seen as a triumph of the criminal model over the medical view, it had several issues, such as the fault of the Bureau of Internal Revenue within the Treasury Department which was consigned to regulate the trade and impose of tax stamps with prior registration. Due to those irregularities, the motives supporting the Harrison Act changed from financial advantage to the hope of reducing in a high percentage the use of narcotics in the United States (The America Disease Third Edition, 1999).
In addition to the federal anti-narcotic laws, in 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Prevention and Control Act of 1970 into law which has the responsibility to reduce the ability of drug abuse throughout the investigation and prosecution of traffickers and the rehabilitation of drug addicts. This Act became popular, and it was known as the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 enforced by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug (predecessor of the DEA). The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 combined marijuana and dangerous drug laws and the...