When you think of prohibition, one typically thinks of the roaring twenties. This was when the government prohibited the sale of alcohol. Looking back through history, we see trends from then happening today with the prohibition of marijuana and other drugs. Many people have many opinions if marijuana should be legalized or not. It’s not as easy as just looking at the pros and cons. Our government needs to determine if the prohibition of drugs is actually promoting greater health, safety, and productivity, as well as lowering violence and criminal justice costs. After reading this research paper and seeing the evidence, hopefully you will agree with me that the drug war we are fighting is not promoting greater health, safety, and productivity, nor is it lowering violence and criminal justice costs.
Drug Prohibitionists want drugs to be illegal because they believe that it minimizes the damage drug use does to the people who use drugs and to the society around them, however, when drugs are illegal the drugs are actually more potent which hurt the users more. In order to hide drugs easier, the suppliers make the drugs smaller but stronger. This was the same in the twenties with alcohol. The price of hard liquor to beer decreased, which led to more people drinking higher potent drinks like moonshine and gin. Today with marijuana being illegal, no one knows what is in the marijuana they buy. Some of the marijuana today is laced with chemicals, which are more harmful than the actual marijuana. “If marijuana is legalized, the marijuana producers will be under the eye of the law, and what they grow will be solely marijuana plants.” This would make the use of marijuana safer and promote greater health for the country.
The war on drugs is trying to decrease the amount of drugs in our country. Having and selling illegal drugs are both against the law and criminally punishable, however, the penalties are drastically different. Dealing drugs and smuggling drugs both have a much harsher penalty than just having drugs on you. Because of these different penalties, the government is basically going after the suppliers more than the users. Drug dealers see this as a tax placed on them. It increases their cost to bring the drugs to the market; they are going to have to pay a higher price just to get someone to risk the chance to smuggle the drugs in. This decreases their willingness to supply drugs, which makes the price of the drug only higher. Typically in markets, a higher price brings smaller quantity supplied. The war on drugs wants to decrease quantity not increase the price.
The drug business is violent because it is illegal. The amount of illegal drugs that people use doesn’t always reflex the price. Many drug addicts will pay what ever the price is just to get their next fix. Because the cost goes up, to support their habits, many resort to stealing in order to get high. If drugs lost their price premium caused by the drug war,...