As a nation we have come to point where we must take a unified stand on the issue of marijuana. Since 1937 the drug has been deemed illegal by the U.S. government but over the best decade, people have been pushing for the decriminalization of the cannabis plant. As a non drug user, i have researched the internet in search of unbiased information regarding the drugs health, economic, and crime influences on society. The fruits of my labor have brought me to the undisputable conclusion that our continued restriction on possession and use of the drug not only violates the liberties of U.S. citizens, but it also is costing Americans Billions of dollars, and something, our lives. After centuries of worldwide use of cannabis and hemp leaves, the United States government in 1937 declared marijuana illegal with the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act.
Example, the penalties for crack before 2008 where much harsher on those found guilty of crack even though, gram for gram powder cocaine, is pharmacologically identical. However, at the time people that use crack at the time were primarily poor black Americans in inner cities. Cocaine users at the time were whites, that lived in the suburbs and where at the time the upper class in society. According to Manuela, 2003 “other evidence for this argument of conflict theory in the history of the illegality of opium, cocaine, and marijuana. Chinese immigrants for opium, prejudice against African Americans for cocaine and prejudice against Mexican Americans for marijuana” and Block, J. F.2013 backs up this with laws and
This power and freedom have caused other people to lose their freedom. With the prevalence of mass shootings in our free country, we need to enact tough, strict laws on guns to prevent any of this from happening again. The occurrence of these mass shootings relates on how fast it takes to possess a firearm. Stricter laws may increase the amount of time it takes to buy a gun. Although, 2nd Amendment activists believe that gun control is unconstitutional, thus delaying Congress to enact any laws.
Many people have struggled for years with being addicted to drugs and have been sent to jail for it rather than getting treatment. There’s also been lots of violence because of the drug trafficking, which has been a worry some issue in some countries. Despite all that, there has been evidence for a change. The Global Community can win the Drug War because with a new approach and a few modifications, we can stop the chaos and help those in need. One thing that could possibly help is that if they made drugs legal, we could easily help stop most of the issues between individuals.
As shown in the video, "Border Wars" implies to be the first source of information in terms of drug trafficking between the U.S. Mexico border but the value of their information looses credibility by avoiding to mention the United States as one of the major consumer of illicit substances. "Border Wars" fails to mention the supply demand between the countries and how every year the U.S. drug consumers finance drugs cartels in Mexico not only by being their main economic source but by being their main supply in arms. The video fails to consider the importance of drug trafficking once in U.S. territory as well as to emphasize drug and armed supply as a constant problem for the U.S. economic budget in terms of health and the criminal justice system. In addition, the film avoids to mention actual information about drug trafficking in the United States such as the tactics and routes of smuggling substances not only by crossing the dessert using "mulas". It is know that drug cartels are increasing the sophistication of their tactics when it comes to increase the amount of product by using private and commercial flights as well as vehicles and
They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” (Patten, 2015) I believe Trump was completely out of line to publicly announce this, and not all illegal immigrants from Mexico and other Hispanic countries have brought crime, drugs, and, rape. Many of the undocumented are coming to the United States solely for a second chance at a better life for themselves and their
The article focuses how the U.S. government relies on interdiction at the US-Mexico border to stop the flow of drugs by disrupting the supply, which is thought to decrease availability and demand from the price increases. Although there is multiple layers on the topic, this article focuses strictly border and it's effectiveness. The article also explains how the number of border officers and the financial cost have only increased by the decades without any statistical evidence showing a relationship between border enforcement positively and effectively decreasing the price of illegal drugs or stopping the supply that goes into the
Blowing smoke; marijuana should be fully legalized The consumption and distribution of marijuana have been two very controversial subjects throughout the last century. Although some people may claim that the use of cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes should be illegal due to safety, legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana would drastically reduce crime rates, help people suffering from chronic illnesses, and create a significantly higher amount of potential tax revenue to bolster the economic state of our nation. Many people argue that legalizing marijuana would encourage more people to smoke it. One cannot disregard that this may be true, though it does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. A main argument against the legalization of marijuana is the “slippery slope” argument.
Correct the misinformation from the U.S. Congress to the relative extreme harmful effects with the use of crack cocaine as compared with powder cocaine; Inform the legislator to review the reports of the USSC regarding the previous actions in the case of crack cocaine criminal penalties. Sentencing penalties for possessing specific `drugs, must not be singled out as more dangerous, until the data has been reviewed. Correct and prevent the claims to the seriousness for the majority of crack cocaine offenses, without providing the data demonstrating the adequate proportionality. Their unfounded claims to the severity of the drug mostly impacted minorities. To reform, restructure, and repair the Federal Prison System by reducing the inmate
According to Hart, adopting a fear-based approach to counter substance abuse and addiction is misleading and often results in a excess of other harmful effects. His assertion can be validated against a backdrop of rising drug-related violence, increase in HIV-AIDS endemics and prison overcrowding as the government tightens its grip on drug traffickers, users, and perpetrators of drug-related crimes. The US government has focused its efforts on the criminalization of drugs. Maybe it is a high time for the government to reconsider punitive drug policies that have yielded little results in a period spanning more than three decades. The government should build on the current decriminalization models that have already posted better outcomes.