War on Drugs

Essay by jordan09 July 2004

download word file, 3 pages 3.2 1 reviews

Downloaded 107 times

War on Drugs

There are good points and bad points to War on Drugs. Some people feel that legalizing drugs would increase the amount of use; drugs should be legalized because it will reduce the great amounts of money spent on enforcement and it will increase our countries revenue. Some People feel that legalizing drugs will increase the amount of drug use in our country. They also feel that it would cause a rapid increase of diseases.

However, making drugs legal will reduce the great amounts of money spent on enforcement every year. Drug dealers and users are one step ahead of the enforcement process. If one drug lord is caught, another one will show up somewhere else. In 1987, 10 billion dollars were spent alone just on enforcing drug laws. Drugs accounted for about 40 percent of all felony indictments in the New York City courts in 1989.

This figure is quadruple what it was in 1985. One can only imagine what this figure would be like today. Forty percent of the people in federal prison are drug law violators. Too much money is wasted on a cause that there seems to be no end to. In 1989 a Republican county executive of Mercer County N.J. estimated that it would cost him as much as 1 billion dollars to build the jail space needed to house all the hard-core drug users in Trenton alone. All of this money could be used on better things.

In my opinion, I think legalizing drugs would also increase our economy's revenue. During Prohibition alcohol use was still ramped. People were still doing it but illegally. The 21st amendment repealed prohibition and alcohol taxes were increased. The same thing should happen with drugs. The drugs should be taxed heavily to increase our revenue.