No, the War on Drugs is not necessary
Key arguments against:
|•||Prohibition does not work|
|•||Waste of taxpayers money|
|•||Deaths caused by lack of regulation|
|•||Money flowing to criminals|
Prohibition Does Not Work
The prohibition of alcohol in the 18th amendment caused widespread social and economic problems. It was subsequently repealed in the 21st amendment.
Waste of Taxpayers Money
The war on drugs have only exacerbated the situation becoming incredibly expensive for state and federal government, putting grandmothers in jail for using marijuana as an effective pain reducing drug, putting young people in jail for small amounts of possession, creating a dangerous underground drug traffic system, and actually increasing the amount of danger to citizens who have been taxed for waste.
Neill Franklin, a former high-ranking narcotics officer says that legalization would cut 1/3rd of every law enforcement agency in the United States.
About $52.3 billion could be saved by legalizing drugs.
15,233 Americans have died from the drug war.
Due to criminalization of drugs, they are forced into an underground market where purity and strength levels vary. There is a higher chance of overdose, and the fear of medical treatment from the possibility of being caught. This combination results in more deaths, not fewer.
Are drugs dangerous?
Several countries, such as Mexico
, have now legalized small possession of drugs. Mexico's intentions are to decrease the prison population of non-violent offenders. This may lead to a decrease of violent crimes and accidents with fewer civil disruptions.
Drugs are a Social Problem, not a Legal Problem
Drug users have not been shown to be deterred by the legal consequences issued by state and federal government. The problem of drug addiction needs to be solved at a social, personal, and psychological level rather than a legal level.
The United States constitution strictly prohibits the federal government from tampering with the freedoms of American citizens with regulations or laws that are not explicitly granted. The legal control of drugs is not explicitly granted.