If drugs destroy lives and productivity, as we are told, and this is what we are
concerned about, why not let it run its course? A person who decides to use drugs is not
an innocent victim. They have made the choices they have made and should live with the
consequences. We seem to completely forget about the concept of liberty when it comes
to drug use. Snowboarding is an example of something that is dangerous but imagine the
outrage that would be expressed if the government decided to ban it. Think about how
easily you would dismiss the claims about the dangers. What if the government said that
snowboarding was too fun and was ruining the productivity of the country? You would
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The areas where our drug laws most obviously fail are the effects that they have
as a result of attempting to enforce them. The U.S spends more money on drug
enforcement than any other country, it has the most drug offenders in prison, and it has
some of the toughest and harshest drug laws.3 For the amount of resources and effort one
would expect that the U.S would have some of the lowest rates of drug use in the world.
However, the U.S is actually the world leader in illegal drug use. As if this wasn’t
embarrassing enough, the purity of drugs on the streets in the U.S is also among the
highest in the world. Everything suggests that the government has no ability to keep
drugs from being available to those who wish to use them. It is amazing at how badly the
war on drugs has failed.
The problem with the prohibition of anything that is highly sought after is money.
By banning the sale of drugs, the government indirectly sets up a black market that is
subject to excessive profits. Those in the drug business enjoy a huge tax free return on
their investment. By some estimates, the sale of illegal drugs accounts for more global
commerce than textiles or automobiles. These sales provide a steady source of revenue to
violent gangs, cartels, and terrorist organizations. The largest drug cartels control an
incredible amount of wealth, a few have an estimated net worth exceeding $13 billion
dollars.4 This wealth helps support enormous supply chains with cartel militias armed
with the best weaponry money can buy. As long as there is money to be made, these
cartels have the wealth and power to make it and the U.S government has consistently
proved its inability to stop them. Even if it were capable, these profits are highly
corrupting of law enforcement officials nonetheless. Enforcement personel are easily
bribed and we even seee this in prisons. Spokeswoman for California's Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Terry Thorton said: “The prison wall is not a boundary
anymore.”5 If the fact that we can not even keep drugs out of prisons is a sign that the
war on drugs has misserably failed I don't know what is.
The only reason the drug market is so profitable is because of our prohibition of
drugs. Likewise, all of the dangers that accompany these large profits are the result of
prohibition. The crimes of the drug dealer stem from the need to protect his or her goods.
The crimes of the user stems from his or her need to finance the expensive costs of his or
her lifestyle. All of the violence, death, and murder that surround the sale of illegal drugs
are a result of the fact that criminals cannot rely on the government to ensure a fair
transaction. When is the last time we have heard of somebody being killed over an
alcohol deal gone wrong? Probably during the prohibition of alcohol. If drugs were...