Legalizing Drugs

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"Drugs- something and often an illegal substance that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness." - Merriam-Webster Dictionary Just close your eyes for a minute and picture what the world would be like if drugs were legal. Would you be for it or against it? Just think, you could get drugs anywhere you wanted. You would not have to worry about getting in trouble with the law. You could get as many as you wanted and have a supply and variety of whatever you wished for. Would this be a good thing or a bad thing? The three sources: Traffic, Legalizing Drugs Make Matters Worse, and Legalization Madness all has the same thing in common. They all lean to the side that drugs are a problem and legalizing them would only make things worse. There are people that argue that the best way to solve the problem of drugs is simply by making drugs legal. There are many problems that would be associated with legalization of drugs that is discussed in these three sources. Drug users would increase dramatically, crime would raise higher than it has been before, and the unemployment rate will go up due to the fact that the increase of users has also increased the number of people who have to support their drug habit by illegal actions (Inciardi & Saum 82). Wilson as well as Incardi and Saum take a look at the different sides or possibilities of affects that legalizing drugs could have on society. Incardi and Saum make three points that the other side is making. In their article it includes that legalizing drugs will force the quality of drugs to go up, decrease the search to find drugs, and also increase the amount that drug users consume (79). The drug quality will have to go up... ... middle of paper ... ...izing drugs would be the best answer we have to remember that drugs are still illegal and the only way we can change that is by doing something about it, which is happening with these sources. They are encouraging the reader to consider their perspective and just think about where they are coming from. So no matter what our opinion may be these articles at least gave us both views and made us definitely think about what we believe and why we believe it. Bibliography: Inciardi, James A & Saum, Christine A.. "Legalization Madness." The Public Interest 123 (1996): 72-82. Traffic. Dr. Steven Soderburg. Perf. Michael Douglas, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle, and Benecio del Toro, 2000. Wilson, James Q.. Legalizing Drugs Makes Matters Worse. September 02, 2000. Cannabis News. September 14, 2001 http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread6919.shtml.

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