The intoxication model suggests that individuals will not use rational thought while intoxicated which leads to the addiction model which states that crimes are committed so the addict can support the habit (WSSAC,2009) The systemic model states that crime occurs when the participant of the drug trade sales the drug. For instance, the use of drugs influences criminal behavior while the distribution of illegal products is a crime. Last is legal model. In this model the individual choices to either abide by the laws that have been enacted to address drug use, possession, and distribution or the person can choice the path that breaks these laws. The war on drugs has become top priority for justice members.
Eliminating or controlling the drugs being distributed by gangs then their power will diminish. When the drugs are controlled then the crimes they commit and the drug money they have will also decline. People don’t realize that gangs are a major problem and are a big part of our
Second, the author addresses the prohibitionist argument that illegal drugs cause harm to people around the user as well. Huemer agrees that drugs have the potential to ruin a user’s life whether it be laziness, poor communication with others, or not taking pride in one’s work. He states that drug use only has a chance of causing one to behave in these ways. There are people all over the world that voluntarily behave in these ways without the use of drugs. Should these people be arrested for being losers?
Cloward and Ohlin argue, that the majority of criminals involved in the drugs trade were unable to succeed within capitalism and were driven to an illegitimate means of obtaining wealth. Cloward and Ohlin further argued that as people were driven into this illegitimate structure they tended to join existing deviant subcultures i.e. the drug subculture as in the case of the drugs trade. The theory does well to explain many crimes of the working class as they are unable to succeed in a society driven by middle class values, however Cloward and Ohlin’s subcultural theory fails to explain the crimes of the powerful whom already have achieved economic wealth through legitimate means. Furthermore the theory
Customs officers are expected to do their job and put a stop to the drug trafficking but the temptation of making some extra money may be extremely strong. Money is the root of all evil and a lot of people are very selfish. For an example, they know the effects drugs have on a society as a whole but if the price is high enough, they may turn their head and allow the drugs to be brought in. Not only is this wrong, it is damaging to everyone. “It is believed that the loss of the drug trafficking industry in Mexico would cause that country’s economy to shrink by over 63 percent” (DrugAbuse.net, (2012), para.
How to tackle the addiction, prevent it and allow people to recover is an ongoing problem. We must look at it symbolically and take responsibility of our social networks and media influence. By breaking it down to the subgroups of a drug culture, changing the unnecessary glamorization by film and music industry. Educational opportunities for lower socioeconomic groups may decrease the need for a dependency on drug dealing. The answers are not easy, the task seems unobtainable, but without an attempt “The Unnecessary Epidemic” continues at a great cost to human beings and our existence.
Bennett’s chapter against the legalization of drugs he speculates that the legalization of drugs would remove the criminal stigma that currently labels drug users. Bennett theorizes that a removal of this stigma would take with it the hesitation felt by the majority of people who see no positives in a life of crime. He is talking about every drug which one would agree that such a broad decriminalization would send our country into a downward spiral filled with addicted citizens barely able to function within society. The hard drugs that Bennett describes are in fact a danger to society such drugs like PCP, heroin or crack cocaine. However, he barely touches on the fact of marijuana alone.
And by using their identity to commit these crimes can seriously damage someone’s reputation. What if the only evidence police had for a crime was your name then what, it might end up on the news saying that this person is a wanted criminal. The police could end up putting the wrong person in jail. This person would have to go through a lot of trouble trying to clear their name and get their identity back. Even if that person manages to get their life back together identity theft still takes an emotional toll on its victims.
The will of a person under the influence of alcohol and marijuana contrast enormously. This side effect range from violent physical harm from alcohol, to the denial mind set from marijuana cause severe consequences in the user’s ability to establish a source of control. Thus, leaving the user in the hands of the substance and just leaving the ones around to deal with the new person their friend of relative has become. Sometimes minor and many of times drastic, the consequences to be had are not something to take lightly. Potential harm to others and especially your self can be what is at stake for those drinking or consuming past their level.
That just leads people to want to take the drugs again. A repetition of a drug can lead to addiction, and addiction can ruin ones life completely. Aside from addiction, drugs are against the law. If someone is caught with a drug, depending on the case, they could be tried and convicted for a felony. That’s a lot of jail time.