Drug Prohibition Essay

512 WordsFeb 19, 20153 Pages
Drug Prohibition Drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use in the United States. It is prohibition that makes drugs so valuable while giving criminals a monopoly over supply. Driven by huge profits from this monopoly, criminals are able to bribe law enforcement, courts, and politicians at every level to run their criminal enterprises. Their trade is unregulated and they are therefore, beyond control. Prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. Furthermore, after a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested. However, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year. Yet fifty years later and some fifty million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade. Moreover, ten or more percent of the prison population today was involved in drug-related crimes. The cost of imprisoning drug-related crimes is in the billions. Sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. Due to limited space, criminals who committed other crimes may not be imprisoned. Criminal courts are filled with drug-related crimes, again leaving little time to deal with crimes of violence. 1 Specifically, by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulations and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could focus more on crimes of violence, such as murder, rape, aggravated assault and child abuse. Thus making our communities much safer. With regulated and controlled environment,
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