Arrest Process (Kevin Michael O’Brian) One of the biggest and most strenuous problems our society faces today is the use and abuse of narcotics. Not only is this an epidemic, but it is one of the hardest things to prevent and regulate. The data shows that not only does drug use result in crime, but a staggering 17% of all state prisoners admitted to committing their crime to obtain drugs. You can see why this is a huge issue in today’s society. Not only are people stealing from their own family members in order to feed their addiction, but they are also wasting tax payer’s money by constantly sitting in prison for committing said crimes. This is a serious epidemic that we need to control, although it may be hard, we can start by increasing …show more content…
On the new report you can see an on-site photo which was taken of the seizure. In the photo you can see the vast quantity of marijuana Kevin was trafficking, which totaled up to have an estimated street value of $157,000. Organizations such as the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws have been fighting for the decriminalization of marijuana for ages, and currently this particular organization “seeks repeal of the legislated criminal penalties and to combat public misconceptions that have contributed to the prohibition of marijuana.” (Knox College). However, unlike the said organization, I am antithetical and think that the legalization of marijuana will lead to turmoil in the US financial system. Opposed to this, “NORML has consistently supported decriminalizing adults ' responsible use of marijuana for personal, medicinal, and therapeutic reasons. NORML suggests the establishment of a legally regulated and taxed market for marijuana and seeks changes that would enable users to purchase the drug in a safe and secure environment and cultivate marijuana for personal use.” (Knox College). Influencing the movement of more marijuana in the streets causes great risks for the youth by having it so easily accessible to them. The extreme marketing tactics inflicted by the big marijuana industries will be a similar situation to what happened with the tobacco industry years ago. Marijuana should be taken as a medical remedy and not a financial gain by the government. By having a hefty and easily obtainable amount of marijuana on the streets we allow our youth to gain access to this drug stimulating the “stepping stone” effect which inevitably leads to the use of harder drugs. Extreme marketing techniques from marijuana distributors will attract consumers by using tacky and attractive
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The prisoners that have struggled with drugs are place in a pre-released program to prepare them for their release. I think the justice system hands are tied a little bit to maintain the prisons and community well
Most people in the United States each year go the prison and keep there for non-violent crime, such as drug related offenses. This issue has affected many family’s life for many years and caused the prisoners to deprive from many of their rights. Lacking the appropriate policies for keeping drug related offenses in prison has been a public health crisis and created a new addiction, like penchant for locking people up in prison. The author in this article “prison addiction: why mass incarceration policies must change.” discusses about lacking the appropriate policies for incarceration for non-violent drug related offenses.
In 2000, U.S. agencies surpassed the $100-billion-a-day barrier in spending to incarcerate individuals with serious addiction problems. Rehabilitating and managing offenders who misuse alcohol has proven to be extraordinarily difficult. Despite traditional sanctions and ever-increasing terms of incarceration, addiction drives many of these offenders to continue committing crimes, resulting in a revolving door. Alcohol- and drug-involved offenders are overwhelming the criminal justice system, creating unwieldy court dockets, burdensome caseloads, and overcrowded jails and prisons. Yet, programs and sanctions have had little impact on the rate of alcohol-involved crime.
Treatment seeks to create a continuum of care by recognizing that different drug use patterns must guide treatment strategies. Since there is a chronic relapse pattern with addictions treatment, abstinence is not always the only measure of success. Harm reduction involves establishing a hierarchy of achievable goals which, when taken step by step, can lead to a healthier life for drug users and a healthier community for everyone. The [enforcement] policy says that the VPD [police agencies] will continue to target street and middle-level drug traffickers and producers. Police will be guided by an individual’s behaviour in determining whether or not to lay drug or alcohol possession charges.
Marijuana Legalization Whether marijuana should be allowed to be advertised legally in states where it is accepted still remains a concern. While federally illegal, states where it is legal argue that they should be allowed to advertise their product in order to reach a profit in their business. In this essay, I will argue the positive and negative outcomes of legalizing marijuana to be advertised in the states it is allowed in order to understand the effect on society more fully. While marijuana might be rejected by others in the community of the states where it is legal, some have decided to make this product their business and, furthermore, made this their way of living. According to ethics, it is ethically suitable for a business to
When it comes to people with drug addiction the amount of recidivism can be quite alarming. Statistics show that around 1.5 million people are arrested in the US each year for drug charges: of those 1.5 million, over three-fourths are repeat offenders. That’s about 1,155,000 people a year that have been incarcerated with a repeat offense. This makes the US the fourth highest in illegal drug addiction; although, with the way the US treats drug addiction this isn’t very surprising. The majority of people with drug charges are held for 40 months or less and most will be prematurely released with parole.
In the past decade, a number of movements to legalize the use of marijuana has been gaining momentum. According to the 2016 Gallup survey, a record high 60% of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized and this figure marks a 9% increase compared to 2014. Support for legalizing marijuana was 31% in 2000, 50% in 2016 before reaching 60% last year. This shows that despite government efforts to eliminate its use, marijuana is becoming more popular. It is clear that
Debate for the legalization of Marijuana is an ongoing battle. “Marijuana has been around for centuries traced back to the first use of the plant being around 2737 B.C” (Narconon 2). Around 1970 the Controlled Substances Act classified marijuana along with heroin and LSD as a Schedule I drug, i.e., having the relatively highest abuse potential and no accepted medical use. Since they classified Marijuana as a drug people have always fought to have it legalized. Through the years the percent of people who agree about the legalization of the drug has gone up.
Marijuana has become the drug of the future and is distribute in places it should not. “Youth substance use rates depend on a number of factors, including legal status, availability and ease of access of the substance, and perception of harm (Ammerman).” The age range of users of marijuana is slowly declining with the changing of laws and the increased availability. In regards to the legal status if marijuana was to become legal, it would mean children of any age could purchase and use the drug. An effect of this would be students in class all high of the drug because the government said it was legal.
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES PAPER Brittany Jones Abstract This paper deals with the key elements of the Social Bond Theory and the Boot Camp Model for drug treatment of addicts. The Boot Camp Model of treatment helps to reestablish some of the four elements found in the Social Bond Theory. Boot Camps are seen by many as “conducive to positive growth and change” (MacKenzie, Gover, Armstrong, and Mitchell, 2001:1).
The argument of drug legalization has been a big topic in the news. Marijuana and opioids should not be legalized because they have several devastating health effects, and are terrible for society. People and organizations have been arguing for the right to legalize recreational marijuana. There are several problems with this. This is going to open the door to many future problems.
n 1988, the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, chaired by Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, held hearings on the possible legalization of drugs. The questions asked by Rangel then are equally relevant today: Which drugs would we legalize—heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and PCP, as well as marijuana? What would we do with addicts? Would we support their habit for life or pay for their treatment? What would we do about those who are only experimenting?
Marijuana has been used for thousands of years. Similar to alcohol, most adults who use marijuana continue to function through day to day life without exhibiting any serious problems. Millions of people have used the plant for pleasure, and there is evidence that plant may have huge medical benefits. It is for these and other reasons that most states have petitioned to legalize marijuana. In Colorado’s first year of legalizing the plant for recreational use they have seen a decrease in crime and vehicle accidents, as well as generating huge tax revenues for the state.
The data proved by The JAMA Network Journals (2015), from the period 2001 to 2013, the usage of marijuana becomes more prevalence due to it was increased by about twice, and the abuse and disorder of marijuana has become more apparent. This phenomenon reminds us, based on the viewpoints in this article, the legalization of marijuana will bring threat to our future. The disadvantages are greater than the advantages. I don’t believe that it is worth to take the risk to make marijuana legalize only for the uncertainty
Drug abuse is the habitual use of substances in dangerous amounts or even methods that may bring harm to the user of the substances (World Health Organization, 2009). The substances commonly used are psychoactive substances which can easily lead to a dependency problem by the substance user. Drug abuse is a sociological threat that poses a danger to all people especially the youth. Addiction is possible not only with illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, but also with prescription drugs such as oxycodone. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, the United States government loses about $700 billion every year due to crimes caused by people under the influence of drugs, medical costs, and addicted workers.