Drug Legalization

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Why legalize marijuana?

"I see America with half the number of prisons, half the number of prisoners, 10,000 fewer homicides a year, inner cities in which there 's a chance for these poor people to live without being afraid for their lives, citizens who might be respectable who are now addicts, not being subject to become criminals in order to get their drug, being able to get drugs for which they 're sure of the quality."

Isn 't it a gateway drug to harder substances?

"The effect of criminalization is to drive people from mild drugs to strong drugs... Crack would never have existed in my opinion if you had not had drug prohibition. It was drug prohibition- why was crack created? Because cocaine was so expensive." [Cocaine was …show more content…

The compassionate response is to do everything possible to prevent the destruction of addiction, not make it easier.”17

CNN) -- From certain precincts on the left, notably Barney Frank , to certain precincts on the right, notably the editorial page of National Review , we are witnessing a new push to end the so-called war on drugs and legalize drug use, starting with marijuana. Indeed, Ron Paul, Barney Frank 's co-sponsor in the latest legislative effort, said recently he would go so far as tolegalize heroin .
It 's a bad idea. My friends at National Review begin their case by stating the illegalization of drugs has "curtailed personal freedom, created a violent black market and filled our prisons." But the legalization of drugs, including marijuana, would exacerbate each of these problems.
Ron Paul, Barney Frank: End pot prohibition
Starting with the basics, keeping drugs illegal is one of the best ways to keep drugs out of the hands -- and brains -- of children. We know three things here: First, children who don 't use drugs

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