Going towards the Legalization of Narcotics

713 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 3 Pages
Many narcotics have been illegal and legal overtime. I think narcotics should be legal because cost, Guatemala, and people harming themselves.
“Miron and Waldock also estimate that in 2008, states across the country spent a total of $25.7-billion on drug prohibition. U.S. tax payers are paying for them to stay in jail. We would save a lot of money in prisons. California by itself spent an astounding $5.4-billion (one-fifth of the national total) that year.” (Gholsh 2). Legalizing narcotics would lower costs of keeping prisoners in prison. People get caught with drugs all the time and taxpayers have to pay for them to stay in prison. It seems like a waste of money to me. “In a study for the Cato Institute, Jeffrey A. Miron, senior lecturer on economics at Harvard University and a senior fellow at Cato, and Katherine Waldock, professor of economics at New York University, estimate that legalizing drugs would save the government approximately $41.3 billion annually on expenditures related to the enforcement of prohibition.” (Ghosh 1). If narcotics were legal the government could tax them and make more money. “Approximately $8.7 billion of this revenue would result from the legalization of marijuana, $32.6 billion from legalization of cocaine and heroin, and $5.5 billion from legalization of all other drugs.” (Ghosh 1). This would be very efficient because the government is in a lot of…
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