In my opinion participants of any welfare program should be drug tested no matter the circumstance, but where will they get the money to fund the drug tests. The money will be taken out of the tax payers, which means taxes will eventually go up overtime. Drug testing the participants will decrease the amount of people getting welfare. I have seen people that will receive the help but they are on drugs, or abusing the
Have you ever thought that possibly our tax dollars we pay every year, to go to welfare recipients may be abusing or even buying drugs with OUR money? More states need to be doing drug tests for people who try to apply for welfare. I believe that they should be able to pass a supervised drug test and a criminal/ drug related background check, to ensure that they are trustable to be given our hard earned money. They need to make it to where not just anyone can get food stamps, etc.
But the financial benefits of legalization go beyond taxing the sale of marijuana and keeping drug money out of the hands of criminals. All across the nation, wherever the drug is illegal, state and local governments spend enormous sums of money on the enforcement of marijuana laws, the prosecution of offenders, and incarceration of the convicted. The Wall Street Journal estimates that the American taxpayer spends $40 billion per year on the administrative costs associated with the criminalization of marijuana (Becker). On the state level, we can again look to the example of Colorado. Conservative estimates by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy show that legalization will save the state $40 million per year by no longer administering marijuana laws (Drug Policy Alliance).
“When congressional lawmakers last reauthorized the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, in fiscal year 2002, they gave about $547 million for juvenile justice. Today, federal spending on juvenile justice totals less than half that amount — about $251 million” (Gately, 2015). Although this may look like a big amount of money to any citizen it is still not enough for our juvenile system. Some say this amount falls short of the needs at a critical stage for federal juvenile justice funding. If we can spend a few more millions dollars each year to deter juveniles from committing more crimes in the future then we are only going to better our country and communities as a whole.
The Department of Justice provides $27.4 billion to fund enforcement needs and prisons. Some of this money could be used to fund education in the United States. Government grants only cover so much of a student’s tuition. I know many individuals in my community that don’t want to enroll in a university because it is too
Maxine Waters, a member of congress, is convinced the system is racist, saying that “The color of your skin dictates whether you will be arrested or not, prosecuted harshly or less harshly, or receive a stiff sentence or gain probation or entry into treatment.” (Discover the Networks). “African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but are 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America.” (Huffington Post). If we trained our officers more thoroughly about how important it is to avoid discrimination we could avoid any accusations of unfairness and work to completely remove racism from the criminal justice
According to many surveys across the nation, currently, just over two-thirds of the American public believe the government should emphasize a lesser amount on criminal convictions for re-elections and more focus on offering treatment for people who abuse illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Additionally, a significant proportion of Americans feel that those convicted of possessing small amounts of cannabis should not receive jail time, and there are some states had scrapped the idea of mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders altogether because of budgetary woes. More importantly, individual states approach towards drug use are beginning to shift from a criminal issue towards and health problem that requires rehabilitation instead of sending more drug offenders to over populated prisons.
Essentially, the war on drugs has demonstrated to be an exorbitant expense. The federal government in 2002 alone spent $18.822 billion in the form of expenditures such as treatment, prevention, and domestic law enforcement (CSDP, 2007, p. 54). However, given that the drug war has garnered meager results, this investment may be interpreted as a waste of taxpayer dollars. Alternatively, the money that has been allocated to arrest and detain drug offenders may also be a source of contention. CSDP (2007) “Of the 1,846,351 arrests for drug law violations in 2005, 81.7% (1,508,469) were for possession of a controlled substance.
The US can implement this by having greater price and quality transparency. This has been proven to work when George W. Bush enacted medicare Part D - a competitive market for drugs with government set ground rules, Medicare Part D has cost below all government projections since its inception, and in 2013 was 50% below what the congressional budget office originally estimated.(Emanual). If we could implement similar government regulated open markets for healthcare the cost of healthcare would, studies have also shown when a similar act was enacted for medical equipment, the prices dropped by 42% and studies have not shown and problems.(Emanuel) Although this would cause Health Care industries to make less profit from each sale, it would greatly lower the cost and increase the quality of healthcare for everyone. Significant evidence shows that market competition works to control health care cost like any other industry, and by pushing for an open health care market, health care costs would go down by at least 30% allowing the government and the people to pay less for health
We would also be promoting small business as a lot of dispensaries for certain drugs would start to open up giving struggling families a new source of income. We also would be able to reduce the income tax in America as we now have a greater source of revenue for the government which allows for the consumers to keep their hard-earned dollar to put back into our market to help us advance economically. The United
Welfare America, home of the brave, the free, and the blessed! In this country many programs have been established to help those in need. One of these programs is welfare. Welfare is a public assisting aid, which gives citizens who live in the minimal level of poverty free money. This program is funded from the taxes payed by all working Americans.
Drugs in the United States are controlled by the 1970 Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. This was past by Congress in the 1970’s. It regulates the manufacture, the destruction as well as the possession and use of drugs. It also places all drugs into one of the five schedules that are I, II, III, IV and V. The overall intention of the Comprehensive Drug Act is to help the government fight and prevent drugs being used for other then its intended medical use.