As of recent, the war on drugs has been a very often discussed topic due to many controversial issues. Some people believe the War on Drugs has been quite successful due to the amount of drugs seized and the amount of drug kingpins arrested. I believe this to be the wrong mindset when it comes to the war on drugs. The war on drugs isn’t a winnable one so we must do all that is possible to assist those who struggle with drug addiction and decriminalize small amounts of drugs. These minor changes in the way we combat drugs will create significant change and have lasting effects.
America expected to solve these problems by banning alcohol; never did the country expect the problems to worsen. The country was trying to control America’s alcohol problems by law. The ban on alcohol worsened America’s alcohol problem, in fact, it did quite the opposite of its intention. All caused by prohibition, America had an increased crime rate, death rate, and to top it off, America was losing slathers of money.
It was made illegal in the 1930’s for the same reasons as alcohol, because it was believed that it was going to do harm to society. As years have gone by, it is obvious that a mistake was made. The fact that marijuana was made illegal has created numerous problems for the United States that on the long run could have been easily avoided. Countries in different parts of the world and some states within the United States have already legalized marijuana and they have all shown positive outcomes out of their decisions. Although marijuana is illegal in majority of the states, legalizing marijuana for recreational use would bring about social and economical reforms that would help deter crime in the country, increase the amount of money the government makes, and also help people that are medically in need of the drug.
It could be argued that this could be construed as moral grandstanding. Instead of rationally looking at his own legal drug abuse he chose to look at other drugs in ‘Master of Puppets’. It might also be argued that Regan in his war on drugs was doing something similar. Levels of drug use actually fell in the United States throughout the
The War on Drugs can be described as the campaign for forbidding the use and distribution of drugs. In some cases there can also be military intervention in hopes of reducing the trade of illegal drugs. And there have been set some drug policies in this campaign that intend to discourage the use and the production of illegal drugs. After a press conference given on 18 June 1971, the president of the United states Richard Nixon, the term War on drugs was popularized by the media. During this press conference also, President Richard Nixon sent a message to the congress as he declared drugs as the number one public enemy.
Drug abuse is a very controversial topic that many people have different opinions about. In my opinion, the war on drugs is a failure and Nixon was the cause of it. Although, Nixon had a good understanding of supply and demand, he worried more about punishing the drug addicts, rather than instituting them back into
It seems drug users are more likely to participate in unlawful activity than non-drug users are. Huxley demonstrates giving drugs to citizens of his society to make sure they do not commit crimes. “‘...why you don't take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours.’” (Huxley 92). Some become completely reliant on soma to get them through the day. This does relate to how people in our society rely on drugs due to addiction.
Besides portraying the US in a bad light, legalization of marijuana for recreation increases the risk of developing mental problems, increases government expenditure on public health, jeopardizes the future of children, and is a gateway to other dangerous drugs. Increased health problems and public health expenditure- Marijuana is a public health issue because it poses direct and indirect cost to the society. Researchers say that marijuana harms extend beyond the person using it thereby increasing the societal cost of managing the drug (Isaacson). When marijuana is legalized, the society and taxpayer has to dig deep to pay for increased emergency room visits, addiction
Until recently the use of marijuana has been criminalized. In the article “Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization” it states “Marijuana has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes.” However during its prohibition people were arrested and sent to jail for selling and using it illegally. Alcohol was banned in the 1920’s and the ban was persuaded by the Anti-Saloon League as well as ideas of progressivism and religion. Although both are now legalized and becoming legalized the legalization process is more dissimilar than it is similar because of the uses of the substance's, State vs. Federal position, effects of the movement, processes it went through, and causes of government action. Religion and science played a factor in the banning
Legalizing drugs has been a hot debate topic since the human mind has been effected by outsider chemicals and the topic still lingers. Today; from almost every political view, ethical group, social class, race, gender and age, arguments are thrown out there whether supporting or denouncing the war on drugs. There are three main benefits of legalizing drugs such as; it would be for the benefit of all society because the government could control the drug traffic the economy would develop with such a huge and new area of marketing and also by not splurging government money on useless wars, there must be freedom in democracies, and finally it would help science, art, general knowledge and personal journeys. Drugs are known to be very