Just Say No to Drugs

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When somebody starts to talk about legalization of addictive drugs, the first images that conjure up to most of people's minds are images of crack being sold like cigarettes or heroin like whiskey at bars. But legalization need not be anything like those frightening images. I will argue on the pros and cons of legalization of drugs and first, it will be pointed out that legalization would not mean that addictive drugs would be legally available to every one. The second argument developed will be that legalization would not mean that pushers would be given free rein or that legalization would not condone use of addictive drugs. And finally there will be given arguments of supporters and opponents whether the legalization would reduce drug related-problems or increase them.

The problem of legalization of drugs developed into the question, why addictive drugs should be actually legalized. The purpose is not to make them fully available but to establish a controlled legalization and place better controls on access to such drugs for the people who are already addicted.

Addiction is recognized as physical affliction. For addicted people the substance would be legal. Licensed clinics would provide drugs only to such addicts. It would be the safest form of getting drugs, and clinics would also try to help addicts to quit. For people who are not addicted, the substances would remain illegal.

Because of the fact that drugs are illegal, they have become very expensive. Drug pushers can earn a great amount of money by selling their products at black markets. Making drugs legal would lead to putting drug pushers out of their business. They would be deprived of their steady and most lucrative customers, namely addicts and they would loose their incomes. Then the amount of dealers would decrease because...