The Drug Prohibition Of The United States Of America

1629 Words7 Pages
The cohorts of drug prohibition argue that the benefits of the prohibition are self-evident and undeniable. The basis of this assumption argument is that without prohibition the consumption of drug would skyrocket, and therefore, lead to disastrous outcomes. However, there is no evidence on the commonly held belief. The empirical evidence that exists does not support the notion of souring drug consumption. For instance, in the Netherland and Switzerland, where marijuana is legalized, the consumption rate is lower than in the United States of America, where consumption of Marijuana is prohibited in most of the states. This study argues for the legalization of the consumption of drugs and decriminalization of possession and use of drugs in the United States of America. Drugs were legal for many years before the 1914 Harrison Act. The period of massive availability of drugs and the consumption of the same was in the 19th century (Defeis 101). For the better part of the century morphine, cocaine, and opium were legally available at drugstores as well as grocery stores without prescription (O 'donnell et al. 66). What is significant is that the period was not characterized by drug-paralyzed workers or drug-crazed criminals, rather it was a period marked by unprecedented economic development and productivity (Defeis 102). Whereas there were many powerful organizations that called for the prohibition or suppression of alcoholic stimulants, there were no anti-opiate organizations
Open Document