Prohibition Of Marijuana, Heroin, And Other Drugs

1169 Words Dec 12th, 2015 5 Pages
It is also possible that drug users are irrational decision makers and might not understand the adverse long-term effects and addictive properties. Prohibition should reduce demand through legal penalties; however, since not all drug users are rational choice makers, demand can increase by creating a “forbidden fruit” effect. The consequences of increased use add to the complexity and costs of enforcement on both drug users and the general population. Drug users, trying to avoid the legal consequences of their use, often times interact with non-users in ways that are harmful and costly. Additionally, non-users are also impacted by increased taxes to pay for the enforcement, by regulations to check for drugs that take time and are inconvenient, and by becoming innocent bystanders that can get caught in the middle of attempted arrests, often with deadly affects.
The long federal experiment in prohibition of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs has given us unprecedented crime and corruption combined with a manifest failure to stop the use of drugs or reduce their availability to children. The factor that determines the amount of violence created by prohibition is the level of enforcement. There are two main reasons for this. One, black markets only form when the enforcement is very strict and, two, increasingly strict enforcement leads to violence both in making arrests and as competing suppliers seek to capture market share. The violence not only impacts those…
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