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Effects Of Prohibition On The United States

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The United States has been actively engaged in a ‘war’ for nearly 25 years. At the heart of this struggle is the fundamental question: Is this a battle the United States can win? Many sources, such as whitehouse.gov, make the claim that drug laws are working Instead, it has created a military police force, reinforced a violent black market, discouraged safe drug usage, and done little to actually reduce drug use. In order to reduce these problems as much as possible, the United States has to drastically change its position on drug laws. The United States Federal Government should decriminalize the use of hard drugs for adults because it will reduce drug related violence, promote safe drug usage, increase tax revenue, and make…show more content…
Still, most agree that Colorado’s lower prices have done more to make life hard for organised crime.”
Partial marijuana legalization in the United States is already affecting the Mexican drug cartel. According to U.S. Border Patrol has been seizing steadily smaller quantities of the drug, from 2.5 million pounds in 2011 to 1.9 million pounds in 2014. Mexico’s army has noted an even steeper decline, confiscating 664 tons of cannabis in 2014, a drop of 32% compared to year before.
Coinciding with legalization, violence has decreased in Mexico. Homicides hit a high in 2011, with Mexican police departments reporting almost 23,000 murders. Last year, they reported 15,649.

Analysts are still trying to work out the long-term effect this shift will have on Mexican cartel finances and violence. The legal marijuana industry could be the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy. It grew 74% in 2014 to $2.7 billion, according to the ArcView group, a cannabis investment and research firm.

Body #2: The severe punishment for drug abuse creates larger problems than it ‘solves’ The punishments for drug use are too drastic to effectively combat use. The current drug laws in the United States make it incredibly difficult for many people involved with drugs to permanently recover from drug use. “Punishment for a drug law violation is not only meted out by the criminal justice system, but is
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