Drug Dependency And Drug Related Crime

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Executive Summary Efforts to decrease drug dependency and drug-related crime in the United States have had the opposite effect, introducing increasing levels of crime and drug use within its population. The war on drugs has been lost as more drugs continue to be smuggled across the borders, increasing number of people are using drugs illegally, and violence in the streets continues to climb. A number of arguments have been made in favor of legalizing some less harmful drugs, such as marijuana, as a means of addressing this crisis. Legalization makes economic sense as it would save a net $14 billion/year in saved or redirected enforcement costs and taxes on the product which can be used toward treatment/reform programs and prevention. At the same time, it would keep more people out of jail for simple possession and more able to compete for greater than minimum wage jobs so they can continue to be more productive members of society without having to give up the medical or relaxation drug of choice. Legalization doesn’t necessarily have to mean opening up the market like a candy store. It can be done with limits, as examples in England, Holland, and Colorado demonstrates. Arguments against legalization are found to have little to no sound reasoning behind them. Marijuana has long been recognized as a non-addictive, less-harmful substance as compared to other substances such as heroin and cocaine. Studies conducted on drug-use and drug-related crime cannot be effectively used…

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