Is it Time to Legalize Drugs?
By Gwyndolyn Meeks
Course COM 220
It is not drugs but drug laws that have made drug dealing
profitable and not used medically in most states. Drug laws have also
fostered drug-related murders and an estimated 40% of all property
crime in the U.S. Patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma and other
conditions cannot use marijuana under the laws of most states or the
federal government despite abundant evidence of its efficacy.
“Marijuana as medicine has been documented throughout history in a
number of cultures” (Rachal 2007). Violence and crime in the United
States is a major problem stemmed from drugs is a big problem.
Drugs are the major cause for imprisonment in the United States as
well and the only way to reduce violence therefore is to legalize
drugs. If drugs were legalized,it would eliminate these problems.
The issue of drug legalization has been dormant for sometime,
groups have recently become vocal in their efforts to change or repeal
existing drug laws. “Drug dealers are living out the rags to riches
American dream as private entrepreneurs trying desperately to become
upwardly mobile. In the drug war, people are blindly fighting what has
become as a nation. Some observers say that drugs are the ultimate
consumer product for people who want to feel good without benefit of
hard work, social interaction, or making a productive contribution to
society” (The Case for Legalizing 2008).
”Without the war on drugs, America’s most decimated neighborhoods
would have a chance to recover. Working people could stand and hold
their heads up, misguided youths wouldn’t look up to criminals as role
models, our overflowing prisons could hold hard criminals, and most
important more police officers wouldn’t have to die. In high crime
areas, police spend much of their time clearing dealers off corners,
responding to homicides, and...