Prohibition: The Legalization Of Marijuana

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Prohibition has altogether proven itself to be ineffective when it comes to illegalizing a substance that people want. The prohibition of alcohol is a great example of such inefficacy. When it was made illegal in 1920, it caused a surge in black-market alcohol sales which was inevitably followed by an increase in crime rates (Muscoreil). Even though it seems contrary to its purpose, prohibition actually increased overall alcohol consumption (Muscoreil). It is possible that this was a result of, among other things, a “forbidden fruit” effect—by making it unavailable or unlawful to possess, the general citizen may actually be more tempted to use it. With use rates up, the common citizen, despite a clean record, was incarcerated…show more content…
According to The World Health Organization, even though the United States has more stringent marijuana laws than the United Kingdom, the United States’ use rates among teenagers are significantly higher (Backett). Recall that when alcohol was prohibited, not only did the demand go up but so did the supply— exactly what can be seen with marijuana in today’s underground economy. This insatiable demand creates a vacuum between the United States and Mexico, where foreign marijuana is smuggled into the country, thus causing the drug czars to become rich off of American money which they may use, in part, to supplement their weaponry needs. So, through a chain of processes, Prohibition is actually fueling the very thing it is made to prevent. Marijuana’s Underground With the black-market marijuana industry becoming increasingly wealthy, the drug czars, are finding themselves dealing with several competitors. A quick and easy way to rid them of this competition is to threaten and murder the respective groups causing the competition. According to Harvard economist, Jeffery Miron, “Prohibition…drives the market underground…This means buyers and sellers cannot resolve their disputes with lawsuits, arbitration or advertising, so they resort to violence instead. (qtd. in…show more content…
The United States could use it to get out of this recession. Innocent people held prisoner for non-violent marijuana offences will be able to leave their cell and visit their families. Finally people will be able to enjoy a relaxing and relatively safe recreational drug without the fear of being prosecuted. Marijuana is slowly becoming a bigger part of the American culture and it would be impractical not to change the rules a little to compensate for this newer, greener
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