War On Drugs To Prohibition In The 1920's

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A Case for the Legalization of Drugs Introduction In the movie “Traffic” we watch a young women slide from marijuana use, to cocaine, and then finally to a heroin addiction. This is the nightmare Americans are taught that will happen if drugs are readily made available. This myth is perpetuating the hard-core prohibition attitude in the US. The problem with this story is that drugs are already readily available and our “war on drugs” is actually exasperating the amount and strength of the available drug supply (Moore, Gaghan, Soderbergh, 2000). Throughout history there has never been a society without drugs. From our ancestors use of psychotropic drugs like marijuana and mushrooms, to wine and ales in the Greek and Roman Empires, and to our modern use of alcoholic spirits, to expect a “Drug Free America” is unrealistic. There has always been drug usage and probably always will be. It seems to fulfill a fundamental need in the human experience (Miron, 2000). This paper‘s aim is to compare our “War on Drugs” to Prohibition in the 1920’s. It will then examine how other countries, particularly the Netherlands, handles its drug policy and its results. It will then make a case for legalization of drugs as the lesser of two evils when evaluating the economic and human cost to the war on drugs. Prohibition…show more content…
Drug interdiction is capturing huge quantities of drugs. The news is constantly full of record drug bust stories, but still drugs persist. In fact, drugs are easy to acquire in any community in America. Where there is a demand, someone is always willing to supply. Cole tells the story of when he was undercover, it was easy to acquire any drug he wanted from underage youth. But the youths were always asking him to buy beer for them, since they couldn’t get it. So drugs were easy, beer and liquor was not. The difference is one of legalization and control (Cole,
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