A Case for the Leagalization of All Drugs

Essay by ToneCaponeUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, May 2004

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A Case for the Legalization of Drugs

The beginning of the twenty first century has brought upon a new age of optimism and wonder. Despite all of the announcements on television, our world is far from being drug free. Our societies have given in to the modern war on drugs, which is being fought against our own citizens across the United States. An international effort to stop drug production and use has failed, leaving distress and political chaos. Assault, property crime, racial profiling, murder, corruption and many other undesirable things are hurting our society because of the drug wars cold and inhuman policies. In addition to these problems there are the initial problems that drug users incur on themselves and society; the same problems that the drug wars were suppose to eliminate. Prohibition is an old idea that is not achievable in a democratic society that values individual rights.

Experiments with the prohibition of alcohol in 1919 failed miserably. If the justification behind the drug wars were human health and well being, then refraining from using the police to murder and spy on our citizens would be a good start to solving the problems.

A form of regulated legalization of drugs would be a tolerant compromise that recognizes the inevitability of drug use and strives to make it as safe as possible. Regulating the market for drugs and researching new possibilities would lead to a safer drug experience. Legalizing would eliminate the need for armed aggression and brutal

police force and halt the slow decline of our civil rights and liberties. With the strain of drug related policing removed, serious crimes could be given the attention and resources they deserve. Legalization of all drugs would cause organized crime to lose its power in the world economy along with its...