Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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War On Drugs

Decriminalization provides a solution the problems related to drugs. Decriminalization is not making drugs legal, it is treating the drug addicts as a patient instead of making them feel like they are criminals and putting them into a jail although selling drugs is still illegal. Drugs must be decriminalized because decriminalization has proven that the death rates and crime rates have decreased and the use of drugs have decreased in decriminalized countries such as Portugal, Uruguay and drugs have decriminalized in some of the states in Unites States of America.

Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. All the drugs in Portugal were decriminalized since 2001. That does not mean that drug use is legal. The distribution and sale of some illicit drugs is still illegal in Portugal, but possession and use of drugs is noted as a community health problem and not criminal offence. There are certain harmful drugs, such as marijuana, that is going to become truly legal in some of the cases, the decriminalization of drugs does not mean that users could take it and get high in public and buy and sell every drugs from wherever they want with no fear of being caught and going to jail. It simply changes the way society deals with the problem of addiction from a legal and treatment perspective. As Portugal’s decriminalization process is over several years old, there are a lot of long-term benefits that have been recognized such as substance…

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