Economical Argument for the Legalization of Mariju Essay

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Economical Argument for the Legalization of Marijuana

There is no feasible way to completely abolish drug use in the United States. As with
Prohibition of Alcohol in the earlier part of this century, the fight against drugs has
backfired. The United States is spending billions of dollars a year to fight a war, which
over the last 60 years, has shown that it cannot be won. So let's use a little reverse
psychology on the subject. What would happen if marijuana or other illegal drugs were
legalized?

First, the billions of dollars that the government is spending trying to abolish illegal
drugs would be put to better use and the government would be able to tax the "new drugs"
just as they do alcohol and tobacco. These monies could then be spent to provide better
education on the affects of drugs and drug abuse, better healthcare, and research on
medical uses of drugs such as marijuana. Also, the government would be able to regulate
the quality of "products" on the market, resulting in fewer deaths caused by overdosing
and by "junk" drugs.

Second, with government regulation, including sale and distribution, the big drug dealers
would no longer be in control. The drugs would be made affordable or free to those who are
addicted, thus decreasing crimes such as petty theft. The streets would be much safer to
walk on, because the crack dealer on the corner would no longer be pushing drugs to young
children. Since the drug dealers would no longer have "areas of distribution" (turf),
there would be a decline in gang war crimes such as murder and accidental shootings.
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