Americans must accept the facts instead of seemingly taking them with a grain of salt. If anything, the failure to legalize marijuana and attempt to prohibit usage has caused more human suffering than simply legalizing marijuana. Additionally, the actual regulation of the drug would help stimulate the economy and eliminate crime. Americans must choose, and by the facts, it is only a matter of time before people recognize and accept the legalization and regulation of marijuana in America.
The American Government saw that drugs were repressing its citizens, which made them spring into action. The Government wanted to do whatever it took to rid its streets from drugs and crime, which in time the War on Drugs was created. Nixon launched programs with efforts to crackdown on illegal drug use. He created the Office of Drug Abuse and Law Enforcement (ODALE) and the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence (ONNI). In 1973, he also initiated Reorganization... ... middle of paper ... ...tes these laws.
The War on Drugs has been a war in order to prohibit the trafficking of drugs, which is what the government is trying to do, but making new policies in the country. The spread of narcotic drugs has gone from country to country. In Forces of Habit it states “The key psychoactive
By sinking billions of dollars into other countries to stop the drugs is not going to help. American’s will find a way to get their drugs when they want them. Once we get our own country under control, than maybe we could start to focus on the negative consequences other countries are putting on us.
However, the drug policy is not currently operating well in reality. What does “War on Drugs” exactly mean? “The War on Drugs is a campaign of prohibition and foreign military aid and military intervention being undertaken by the United States government, with the assistance of participating countries, intended to both define and reduce the illegal drug trade.” (Bullington and Alan) In other words, to eliminate the illegal drug trade in the U.
War on Drugs = War on Terrorism??? The United States’ new claim in today’s world of propaganda and mind-warping media is that The War on Terrorism = The War on Drugs. Recently simple anti-drug slogans have been manipulated into aggressively and often erroneously exaggerated media assaults. (planetpapers.com) The United States claims that each person can help fight terrorism by choosing not to buy or use illicit drugs, and the government itself can help fight terrorism by implementing a more effective War on Drugs throughout the country. They claim that illicit drugs are the major monetary support of terrorist groups throughout the world, which in some respects is correct.
Women and lower class citizens have also been affected by our drug policies. The war on drugs is rooted in racist ideology and as consequence has disproportionately affected lower class communities of color. This war on drugs will continue until the people decide to take action towards a better and more reasonable policy. The war on drugs has taken top priority for many police department due to policies introduced by the Reagan administration. As a consequence of this renewed fervor against drug use lower class citizens have faced the grunt of Reagan’s war.
The product it offers has exceeded its way through the market. The decriminalization of marijuana is not the solution to violence and citizen security. Drug trafficking is now based on the established business; it is a whole organization of money laundering, violence and conflict. Legalization of this substances won’t turn drug dealers into businessman, and drug users into buyers. Once drugs are state regulated, this established business probably will look for another product to traffic but it won’t be satisfied by being part of the state regulated economy.
Pro-legalization of Drugs Most Americans regard illegal drugs as one of the nations’ most serious problems, but two generations after the “war on drugs” began, disagreement remains on what should be done. Today’s society is suffering rapid decay due to the never ending war against drugs. Effects of this war like murder, corruption and many other undesirable things are developing and burning through this country’s core while the powers that be debate whether or not drugs should be legalized. Legalization is an option that should be heavily considered. It would be a way to control the import an export of drugs.
There are a few reasons why they should not be legalized, and then a few why the government should proceed in legalizing them. Should the United States legalize them and save the money we’ve been spending on the war on drugs? Or take the risk of legalizing them and the many people who weren’t doing drugs begin to do them because of the law change. I think not all drugs should be legalized like cocaine, ecstasy, heroine etc., because they are not used for medicinal purposes, unlike marijuana that can help medicinal purposes. Legalizing drugs won’t solve everything but it can solve some of the many problems drugs have caused.