Many feel today we are loosing the war on drugs. When a battle goes to
the point where there is no winner there needs to be a re-evaluation of how to
solve the problem. In the case of the war against drugs, years of fighting have
caused increased crime, overcrowding of prisons and the wasted use of money and
resources with no results. It is now time to look at alternative methods to
solving the nation's drug problem. I will be looking at one of these methods
that deals with the legalization of marijuana. In the following pages you can
look at why I think there is a problem in the United States which deals with the
use of drugs, our solutions to the problem and our responses to the attacks
against the legalization of marijuana.
Although, legalization will increase use of the drug. However, many
supporters of continuing the illegalization of drugs believe that by legalizing
drugs they will become more accessible and use will therefore increase. They
base this argument on past experiment dealing with alcohol prohibition. After
the end of prohibition with the 21st amendment, alcohol consumption doubled
while prohibition decreased use by 50 percent(Light). They also cite that use
of marijuana peaked in 1979 when there was a decriminalization of drug use by
eleven states. When researching to find if a particular solution will prove to
be of use, it is important to look at historical examples and learn from them.
In Liverpool, England, after a recent legalization of drugs in a regulatory
program that focuses on the medical benefits of drugs, most drug pushers have
left town because there is no longer a market for them(Priver 28). This shows
that legalization actually decreases use because of the increased emphasis on
rehabilitation and the decrease of drug pushers. Such a dramatic decrease in
drug dealers has not only resulted in crime reduction in England but there was
also a decrease of drug use.
It is true, legalization will not eliminate the major cause of violent
crime; however, most argumentation which says that drug legalization will not
decrease crime deals with the idea that most violent crime occurs as a result of
alcohol use(Light). Since this is true, and legalization would not effect crime
that is alcohol related but it will decrease violent crime that is linked to
drug dealing and use. The drugs themselves may not cause violent crime but
people involved in the distributing of illicit drugs make the deadliest crime.
By legalizing drugs the dealer...