Essay on Drug Legalization

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One of the many problems in our nation today is the use of illegal drugs. Being fought against our own citizens, a national effort to eliminate drug production and use has failed leaving in its wake complete chaos. Assault, property crime, murder, corruption and many other things are burning through society fueled by the drug war's policies. In addition to these problems there are the initial problems that illegal drug users inflict on themselves and society; the same ones the drug war was supposed to eliminate. Prohibition is an old idea that is not attainable in a democratic society that values individual rights. Experiments with the prohibition of alcohol failed miserably and cost many people their lives. A form of regulated legalization of drugs, such as marijuana would be a middle ground that recognizes the inevitability of drug use and strives to make it as safe as possible. With the legalization of marijuana a whole new array of possibilities opens up. The government can increase tax revenue by putting a sales tax on marijuana. By increasing taxes on legal marijuana we can boost and stimulate the economy. Studies have shown that illegal drug traffic adds up to approximately $100 billion dollars a year. With governments scrambling to find new sources of revenue to pay for important social objectives such as health care and education the legalization and taxation of marijuana can drastically help. It is shown that by legalizing marijuana the government expenditures would dramatically decrease. The savings would involve reductions in police expenditures, in prosecutorial and judicial expenditures, and in jail and prison expenditures. All of these events can be obtained with the legalization of marijuana. The biggest opponents of drug legalization are the drug dealers themselves. These dealers make enormous sums of money because of the lack of competition they are faced with as well as the ridiculous prices they are able to charge. Legalization of...
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