The United States government has only done its citizens a huge disservice by criminalizing drug use. Every individual in this country enjoys the right to bodily autonomy. The legal foundation for this argument lies in our Founding Documents: the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Furthermore, among these rights, is also the right to property. Our bodies are our property. If someone sees that using drugs makes them happy, that is also their right to pursue happiness.
The government has not competently dealt with drugs. By making drugs illegal, they have empowered the cartels. Hence, drugs are often associated with crime. Legalize and tax the drugs, and suddenly you have a boom in that industry as a legal business. The governments of varying states can then also use that tax money to fund different sectors of their economy.
The war on drugs is a wreck, and it's time we take our rights back. Decriminalize and legalize all drugs.
I am personally against the use of recreational drugs but I also don't agree with imposing my personal moral standards on others. I understand that drug use has a negative effect on society and thus a negative effect on individuals but the government should be restricted to direct violations of rights rather than restricting the rights of citizens to benefit the collective. That is a slippery slope fallacy that, if taken to it's logical conclusion, gives the government the authority to make almost every decision on behalf of individuals.
Drug use and addiction is a medical problem, and should not be considered illegal. The opposite of addiction is connection, and we need to decriminalize it and help those who are addicted by re-connecting them with society and people. It won't cause a rapid drug epidemic; it'll do the opposite. Prohibition has shown as diminishing the supply, without diminishing the demand, is a recipe for disaster. If we decriminalize, drug-related crimes will go down. Not to mention, it will boom tax revenue and jobs, as the government can place a sales tax and will create jobs with the drug dispensaries. Colorado generated $1 billion dollars from a sales tax on recreational marijuana alone. If the whole nation legalized recreational marijuana and all drugs, and put a sales tax on it, then the government would experience a huge revenue boom, which could pay for education, healthcare, and social services.
One thing that we all should know is: making a drug legal doesn't mean more use. In Portugal, they solved the problem of people and drugs with a simple answer, legalize some of them. The use dropt, the crime also dropt, because you could carry drugs, the cops were not as intrusive as they were before and it made the illegal trafficking of drugs stop. If someone wants to take drugs, they will do it, no matter the legality, we have alcohol, that can kill of overdose, and weed cant, it is impossible to overdose so, why ban it? We have tobacco and alcohol legalized, so why not some others or at least just weed, it has been proven, it drop the charts, it doesn't increase them.
Drug use is a problem, but when you look at what Portugal did to stop it, you will rethink criminalizing drugs. Portugal decriminalized every drug. Did they plunge into a drug crisis? No. In fact, the opposite. Only three people in one million die from drug overdose in Portugal. The US, in 2015, had 50,000 that year, more than doubling the amount from 2002.
But an interesting idea is coming up. What causes addiction to drugs? Kurzegasgt (Kurzegasgt- in a nutshell, a scientific team that posts videos on Youtube) listed some very different ideas.
All in all, The war in drugs should just be switched around and be treated like a medical issue, not something illegal. If you hurt someone, or damage property while on drugs, then that is definitely against the law. But drugs should just be treated like a broken leg- a medical issue, not a gigantic problem that can land you in jail.
An argument I see is "drugs can hurt people, so of course they should be illegal!" To which I ask, shouldn't guns also be illegal then? And alcohol? And medicine too, which can be abused or cause harm if the patient is allergic. Another argument I have is that if the use of drugs is something that affects mainly the user and it does not harm those around them then it is unethical to deny someone this control over their own life. Lastly, look at the statistics after Panama decriminalized drugs. 'Nuff said.
People can go to jail even for over a decade just for possessing drugs. It is crazy you can go to jail for so long for a non-violent activity. Now of course driving while high should be illegal just as drunk driving is, and if drug use harms your family then it should be dealt with. However addiction should be treated as a medical rather than legal issue.
It is ridiculous that someone can go to prison, even for over a decade for a nonviolent activity. If it doesn't directly affect someone else no need to criminalize it. Now certainly driving while high should be illegal, and if drug use affects the family it should be dealt with. However addiction should be considered a medical rather than legal issue.
What?!? Are you guys crazy, decriminalizing marijuana is already destroying us. Teens are dropping out, more crime, and economy is dropping. Go watch some Watters world where he asks potheads dumb questions like" who was the united states first president" and they dont even know. This is a disgrace. I understand for medical use but not for teens.
Yes drugs can help people but just the same they can hurt people or cause people to harm outhers and they can cause you to go crazy!And just imagen what could happen to our nation!More people could get STD's!And what would that lead to?Death and pain and even more STD's!!
Drugs are currently being disguised as gummies and other sweets and candy so people can promote drugs to kids and more easily sell this illegal stuff. GUYS, IT IS ILLEGAL FOR A REASON! OPEN YOUR EYES TO SOCIETY WHERE DRUGS ARE ILLEGAL. ALREADY IT TEARS APART THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS AND CHILDREN WHO ARE BEING IGNORED BY THEIR ADDICTED PARENTS! IF WE LEGALIZE IT, OUR COUNTRY MIGHT AS WELL BE CONSIDERED DOOMED.
What?!? Are you guys crazy, decriminalising marijuana is already destroying us. Teens are dropping out, more crime, and economy is dropping. Go watch some Watters world where he asks potheads dumb questions like "who was the United States' first president" and they don't even know. This is a disgrace. I understand for medical use but not for teens.