Legalizing Marijuana Will Decreased Crime Essay

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Marijuana is the cause of much commotion and debating, as the question of legalization becomes more of an issue. Drugs are a major influential force in countries all over the world today. Legalization is an option that has not had a chance, but really should be given one. Although many people feel that legalizing marijuana would increase the amount of drug use, legalization would benefit for the following reasons: 1)reduction of money spent on law enforcement 2)increase in the countries revenue 3)lessen crime 4)useful in treating certain medical conditions.
Many feel today we are loosing the war on drugs. People consider legalization unnecessary. They feel that it will increase the amount of drug use throughout the world. They state that
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Since 1982, there has been a 160 increase in inmate population. One can only imagine what that number is today. Most of this increase is attributed to drug violators, such as marijuana dealers and buyers. Sadly, this number will only continue to rise (Potter 1998).
1991 was the most murderous year in the United States since 1972, and police estimated that forty percent of these homicides were drug related (Potter 1998). Legalizing hemp and other drugs would deter future criminal acts, therefore slowly, but effectively lessening crime. By legalizing marijuana, the dealer would be eliminated and therefore crime would be reduced.
Legalizing drugs would also increase countries revenue. During prohibition, alcohol use was still rampant. People were still drinking, only because it was illegal. In the US, the 21st amendment annulled prohibition and alcohol taxes were increased. The same thing should be done with marijuana and other illegal drugs today. The drugs should be heavily taxed to increase revenue. The drugs could be made by the same companies who make such things as aspirin, so the quality would be assured- - no poisons or adulterants. Sterile hypodermic needles could be readily available at drug stores, thus curbing the spread of diseases such as AIDS, and hepatitis. These could be taxed densely because the user will be guaranteed of getting ‘clean drugs’. Legalizing alcohol did not increase alcoholism, so…