Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Almost everyone in their lifetime has been involved with a person that was addicted to drugs. Most people, when dealing with a family member or a friend addicted to drugs, want to help the drug addict in any way possible. However, many people’s attitudes change when the drug addict is not directly related to them. According to Department of Justice statistics, forty-eight percent of all prisoners in federal prison were incarcerated for drug-related crimes in 2011(Carson). Therefore, rather than being helped, drug users are being incarcerated. If our goal, as a country, is to reduce the rate of drug use and help drug addicts receive treatment, then why are we merely incarcerating those who use drugs? Although many people are against decriminalization of drugs because they are afraid of how it will affect them, few people think of how decriminalization will affect drug addicts and our country as a whole. Drugs should be decriminalized because it would benefit the economy, drug addiction treatment, drug addicts, and increase personal freedom for all United States citizens. As Martin states, in the early 20th century, the ideas of prohibition overtook the country. In 1914, America first saw the government attempt to regulate the drug market with the Harrison Narcotics tax act, which required opium and coca dealers to pay annual taxes. This law showed that we were headed in the right direction, However, in the 1920s and 1930s, we prohibited alcohol. However, that prohibition

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