There exists substantial evidence that marijuana is less harmful than legal product like alcohol or nicotine. The war on drugs is comparable to the Vietnam War in its harm on the current generation of minorities. The government avoids ending anti-narcotic legislation because of the vast amount of capital which is spent on the war on drugs in terms of law enforcement and prison systems. Also there are many legislators whose campaign corner stones are often getting tough on drugs, to make an about face would mean political suicide. Yes, drugs are illegal.
But what comprises the illegal drug industry? The illegal drug industry is comprised of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, etc. It has successful marketing strategies and can be bought cheap. The majority of people cannot afford drugs so they result to crime to help fund their drug habit. The illegal drug industry can also be attractive because people are making easy money; however the risk goes haywire.
Drugs can be abused by teens and the people who buy them, but can also be used for medical use and for at home use. Drugs can be very addicting, especially for people who use them over and over again. They usually cannot get off of them because they are so addicting. The main people who use drugs are celebrities, teenagers, and drug dealers. Celebrities use drugs because they think that they make them even more popular.
Addicts end up committing crimes to pay for drugs because of their high cost, small time users and dealers have no choice but to turn to a life of crime if they are incarcerated, drug cartels break laws to retain power, and more often than not, police officials are also lured by the high markups in the drug trade. By criminalizing drug use, we are creating a vicious cycle of crime that is undermining the very purpose of this policy.
Without the economic incentive to commit violent crimes, the violence of drug dealing would be dramatically reduced. In addition to the elimination of the economic incentive, the health risk factor would help to reduce the role of the drug dealer. A potential customer would probably choose to buy a market-tested product from a pharmacy as opposed to buying a product of unknown dosage and quality from a corner dealer. Without the advantage of large profits, the drug dealing profession would lose its luster. A major problem is that teenagers see selling drugs as the only way to make money.
The War on Drugs: America’s Unjust War on The Underprivileged Alan Rodriguez Sociology 346 Since the 1970’s the United States has been waging an ever expanding and seemingly never ending war on drugs. The United States has spent trillions of dollars to rid the streets of illegal drugs, but too little effect. On the contrary drug use is higher today than during the 70’s when the drug war was officially declared by the Nixon Administration. Not only has the war on drugs failed to limit the drug trade, it has also damaged the black and Latino community. Women and lower class citizens have also been affected by our drug policies.
Just like any other immense problem, drug trafficking has its causes and effects One of the biggest causes of drug trafficking is very futile economies where people are searching for ways to make money. Places with weaker economies, such as Mexico and Colombia, usually have a lot higher drug trafficking rates than places with strong economies. As I said before, it is believed that Mexico’s economy would shrink by over sixty-three percent if it wasn’t for drug trafficking. That in itself is enough to show how dependent some places are on drug trafficking. These areas don’t have the job opportunities that many places throughout the world have either because they don’t have good economies.
"Selling drugs to children would continue to be criminal, and other evasions of government regulation of a legal market would continue to be prosecuted; but by and large the drug connection that now accounts for all of the criminal-justice costs noted above would be severed" (Lindsmith Center). Second, many illicit-drug users commit crimes such as robbery and burglary, as well as drug dealing, prostitution, and many others, to earn enough money to purchase the relatively high-priced illicit drugs. "Unlike the millions of alcoholics who can support their habits for relatively modest amounts, many cocaine and heroin addicts spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars a week" (Lindsmith Center). If the drugs to which they are addicted were much cheaper- which would be the case if they were legalized-the number of crimes committed by drug addicts to pay for their habits would, in all likelihood, decline. Even if a legal-drug policy included the a demand of relatively high taxes in order to discourage consumption, drug prices would probably still be lower than they are today.
Illicit narcotics like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine make up a large portion of modern smuggled goods. Because these goods are smuggled the iron law of prohibition applies, and the incentive for smugglers is to increase the purity of these drugs (Cowan 26). When the purity goes up, the potential negative side effect for users, and society goes up. Cocaine and heroin have been shown to have large negative effects on society as drug addicts are normally unproductive, frequently homeless, and frequently commit crimes to facilitate their habit. Their unproductivity hurts society because the government made a large human capital investment in these individuals through schools, and public services.
This makes the world and society assume that all drugs and all drug users fit the typical stereotype. When someone is addicted to drugs society may not be directly affected but are very affected in the long run. The most direct way society is affected by drugs and their users is through the employment and criminal statistics. Employment is very much a problem for an addicted person and statistics show people desperate for drugs can commit crimes in order to get money to support their habit. This disrupts the whole idea of social cohesion only making chaos and producing prejudice attitudes.