A lot of people blame the drug problem on the fact that drugs are illegal. They compare it to the time of prohibition, from 1920 to 1933, when it was illegal to make, sell and transport alcohol. But it didn’t stop people from wanting to drink and being willing to pay for it. What followed was a vast, criminal, violent underground (and some of it not so underground) of manufacturers and suppliers. It tied up law enforcement resources, and many law enforcement officials were corrupted by the criminal element.
Another viewpoint presented about legalization of drugs – as with alcohol in prohibition – is that individuals have the right to put whatever they want into their body. It is not the government’s right to tell someone what they can and cannot drink. The same is being said of drugs.
Last, but not least, is the fact that drugs being illegal makes them attractive. Like a kid who gets a thrill out of doing something simply because he’s told he can’t.
Supporters think ending the War on Drugs, and making them legal, would eventually, if not immediately reduce crime, the number of people in prison, the number of addicts, and the number of people in need of drug rehab.
In the many, many articles and forums about legalization of drugs, the comments usually come from people supporting legalization. Among the commenters on this article, John Stossel: War on drugs worse than drugs, for example, you’ll find only one person who disagrees that drugs should be legalized.
I’d like to hear from people who disagree – who think drugs should remain illegal – and their arguments in support of it. Check out the arguments made by the commenters on the above article, and voice your opinion.