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Should illegal drugs be legalized?

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Started: 1/10/2015 Category: Politics
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kevey320

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It is first off worth noting that drug abuse is a widespread problem. However when it comes to drug overdoses, most of these are pharmaceutical drugs, and legal highs tend to make up a significant proportion of the rest. Illegal drugs are actually only a very small proportion of overall drug overdoses.

My first argument is that when people take illegal drugs nowadays, most of them are fine. The vast majority of them will not become addicted. The vast majority of them enjoy it responsibly. It is the ones that go overboard that make the news and give the image that anyone who uses the drug is in inevitable danger. But why should everyone not be allowed to take the drug just because some people are too irresponsible with their drugs? We don't criminalize alcohol and tobacco, even though they claim the lives of a higher proportion of their users than illegal drugs do. I never understood why people will accept tobacco and alcohol legality even though some will overdo it and damage their bodies but for whatever reason drugs illegal now they want it to be kept illegal, even though illegal drugs in general pose a smaller threat.

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Just because some people have problems with it and become addicted and/or use it irresponsibly, as it is not fair on the majority of people who use it responsibly. It would not be fair to the mother drinking a glass of red wine on a friday night to not enjoy that privilege because some guy drank way too much and ended up in hospital, so why is that the case for illicit drugs?

This brings me to my second point. I am not denying that illegal drugs can be addictive and am not denying people become addicted from it. Those in today society cannot come forward with their problem because they become punished for it. There are plenty of organisations who have helped smokers and heavy drinkers become clean and many people approach them because there is no punitive measure for doing so. I can guarantee you today many people who seriously need help getting off the drugs will not because it will have them end up in prison. They need our help.

My third point is that many who die from illegal drugs die due to tainted drugs or from drugs that are way more potent than they expected. When you buy drugs illegally you NEVER know whats in them. People die from drugs that are usually similar to but not actually Ecstasy, cocaine etc and others die from extremely potent drugs. Some people don't know how much you are supposed to take and die from an overdose. Legalizing and regulating it means that drugs that are then bought legally would have recommended limits like alcohol does. It also ensures the drug is actually what it says it is and that it is not tainted before it is sold. It gives users advice on how much to take. And again, those who overdo it will be allowed to seek help without fear of punishment.

Another argument is that it will save billions upon billions regarding government spending enforcing these laws. So many people are in prison for drugs. Not only is money saved from non-incarceration, but the tax revenue that stems from the legalised sales as well, which could be used to fund programs created for those looking to get off the drugs. More jobs would be created, and even more tax from the income of those jobs as well. It will also cut profits from dangerous gangs, who more often than not have cheaply made illegal drugs sold as their primary source of income. They kill rob and kidnap over the profitability of the drug. Even when one drug gang is taken out, another steps in, as the demand is always there. More supply via legal means will make a dent in their profit, managing to impair their ability and resources to carry out all the illegal activities they do. No-one not even concerned parents would be more opposed to drug legalization than drug dealers would.

When alcohol was prohibited in the USA from 1920-1933 for example, the black market for alcohol provided a financial basis for the mafia to flourish. Theft,burglaries, homicide, assault drug addiction and police department costs all rose, as the mafia wrecked havoc to maintain profits. Those with alcohol problems had nowhere to turn to, not until 1935 with alcoholics anonymous. The advancements of industrialization were effectively reversed. It is no different for illegal drugs, like the crack epidemic that took hold in the USA and the seemingly never-ending drug wars in Latin america which has wrecked havoc for centuries. And even when we take down some of these drug gangs, others spring up. People will do anything for money. There was nothing successful about alcohol prohibition, so what makes us think drug prohibition as we know it today will be any different? Why do we think it would work? Why not legalize drugs as we know it, like they did with alcohol and tobacco, especially given that alcohol and tobacco claim a higher proportion of their users lives than illicit drugs do?

Why not do what america did in 1930, legalize the illegal drug, regulate it, tax it, give addicts a place to go without fear of punishment, dent criminal profits in the meantime, reducing crime. Drug prohibition did not work in 1920-1933 regarding alcohol, and it has not worked and will not work with other drugs.
cathrynvclark

Con

1. Almost half of incarcerated citizens are imprisoned for drug possession. Legalizing drugs would solve the issue of prison overcrowding.
2.Because drugs are illegal, the cost to buy them is more. Because of this, many people turn to lives of crime in order to pay for the substances. Legalizing the product would make our streets safer.
3. By legalizing drugs and taxing them, the economy and the government will become more stable.
Debate Round No. 1
kevey320

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As you have taken my side I am going to repost the debate
cathrynvclark

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