Taylor Brackins
Dr. Ivey
ENG 102
4 April 2016
Drug Legalization
The legalization of drugs has been a topic of debate for many years. Many people argue that drugs are dangerous and unsafe, but I do not think that prohibition is the answer to the drug problem. In my opinion, I feel that drugs should be legalize, mainly to reduce the national debt.
In 1971, President Nixon declared the war on drugs. Since then, the war on drugs has been an endless fight in the United States. Billions of American dollars are spent trying to control something that is uncontrollable. Drugs being illegal does not stop people from finding a way to get them, and using them. If someone wants drugs, he or she will find a way to get them. Many people are in prison for drug charges in the United States. Overcrowding in prisons is a serious problem. Most prisoners are addicted or abuse drugs, but very few receive drug treatment. So, the cycle continues when these prisoners are released from jail. In addition to overcrowding in prisons, there is also a drug war raging between drug dealers in the streets of America. Millions of people are killed in America everyday due to drugs being illegal. Fights break out between drug dealers and gangs every day. These fights leave many people dead, including innocent bystanders. Police officers are called out to handle these crime scene, which cost the United States even more money.
It is time for the United States to face reality. Drugs are not going anywhere. The demand for any drug is too high, and the drain on the nation is too high. The realistic option is to legalize drugs. Legalization would be a great benefit to our society. If drugs were legal, then stores could sell them, which would create thousands of new jobs. The United States could tax the drugs, which would dramatically reduce the national debt. The creation of new jobs and taxing of these drugs would boost the economy. Drugs that are produced legally would be regulated by the government, which would make the production safer and purer than homemade product. The solution for crimes related to drug, the United States should send the prisoner to free drug rehabilitation programs using the money saved from ending the drug war. The crime would also be reduced because drug dealers would become extinct. After all, why would a person buy their production from a drug dealer, when a safer and possibly cheaper version exists in a store? Without having to combat drug dealers, police officers would have more time to focus on crimes that are important.
Drugs will always be a huge part of our society. America is draining itself dry trying to fight against them. It may take a few years to see the benefit of legalization drugs, but legalization could pay off in the long run. It would save the United States billions and billions of dollars just on incarceration alone. Also, by making drug rehabilitation programs free it could reduce drug use. The legalization of drugs is the best decision for the future of the United States.