Drugs should be decriminalized; ‘War on Drugs’ needs to end


Ideas such as gutting the whole approach to how we treat drugs in this country by eliminating the ‘War on Drugs,’ and even going to the extent of decriminalizing every drug are dismissed as kooky, radical, and stupid. However, the epidemic of drug use in this country, and the setbacks we encounter fighting the epidemic need radical change in order to have a more effective program to prevent what is destroying lives all across the country in various forms.

The ‘War on Drugs’ was established by the Richard Nixon administration in 1971, and it is a hard-line approach towards combating the distribution of street-drugs, similar to the prohibition of alcohol from 1920-1933. ‘Prohibition’ was an acknowledged failure because it created black market for bootleggers to distribute the illegal substance, without the illegality doing anything to prevent the distribution and use of it. The way street-drugs like crack, heroin, and cocaine are distributed today mirrors how alcohol was peddled to the consumers in the days of prohibition.

The costs of the ‘War on Drugs’ can be seen tangibly from its $40 billion dollar a year budget, but what is overlooked and wrongly treated as collateral damage is the lives of innocent bystanders lost from battles stemming from the drug wars, the destruction of communities as their blocks are cluttered with dealers peddling dope while kids tip-toe around them trying to play games while they take a glance into the future at what might be their fate in some way or another, and the years of incarceration served for petty drug possessions while ‘white-collar crimes’ are treated less harshly but proven to be much more detrimental to our society.

There wouldn't be the disruption of drug dealers, and cops fighting them in every city if the prohibition ended.

The moral of the story is fiends will get their fix if it’s illegal or legal? Or whether it’s alcohol, or heroin? The question is why compound the problem with this drug war when there is a better solution at hand? They acknowledged the ineffectiveness of the prohibition of alcohol, why can’t they do it with the drug war?
The only reason alcohol was made legal is not the reason it should have been made legal. It should be legal to prevent the crime that would be the result of the black market. The reason it is legal is because of its marketability, it’s the same reason cigarettes are legal, and why pharmaceutical drugs as well, because those are all billion dollar industries.

Drugs like heroin, weed, and coke don’t really have the same cache as the legal ones. And for some reason they are viewed as much worse than alcohol is, and marijuana compared to cigarettes as well. However, if the argument is that alcohol and cigarettes don’t have as negative effects on people as the illegal ones, then whoever is saying that can talk to the families of over 11,000 drunk-driving victims and see how harmless alcohol is compared to heroin which will only put a sicko into a slump-fest before he tries and kills someone else in a car.

I say all of this as someone who has never used drugs, puffed a cig, or took a sip of alcohol in my life and that’s the truth. The only catch to the decriminalization of these horrible substances (but lets face it, they are a fact of life and consume people into a disease that should be treated as a disease.) is that while they are legal, they should not be marketed on billboards, pushed as products with cute little mascots, or commercials with catchy songs. Alcohol and cigarettes should not as well, but lets face it, we’re so knee deep in that shit in our culture with bars, and it’s pretty much the focal point of every social gathering there is, nothing can be done about that. So instead drugs should be available in clinics and institutions like that, that keep programs readily available to help addicts get clean if they so choose (some have no desire to). If people are worried about the taxpayers dollar going to drug addicts getting drugs, the tax dollars it takes to house criminals in prison, and the money it takes to fight the ‘war’ is a lot more money than treating a drug problem.

They never show the part with a girl like her straddling a toilet seat with her friend holding her hair back after 12 beers.

The only way to combat drug use is education, and opening up opportunities for people that give them a sense of worth and then they become likely to never even think about drugs because they feel like they have a purpose.

If the worry is that more people will be prone to using drugs because there are no consequences (aside from the physiological ones), it’s time to wake up to reality. How more enticing is the thrill to people, especially kids, in trying something they are not suppose to do? The number of people who tried coke between the age of 26-34 is 22-25 million. A lot of those people you work with at the office and never would of suspected, they’re teachers that taught you in school, they’re you, they’re anybody. The law didn’t prevent them from the risky behavior of drug use. The only reason they do not continue to use it is because they are not hooked on it, not because it’s illegal.

25 Responses to Drugs should be decriminalized; ‘War on Drugs’ needs to end

  1. mitch says:

    dude me and my grandfather had the same exact discussion one time a few months ago and i agree with it 100 percent, if drugs we legal people wouldnt have that deviant urge to do it. good article champ

  2. jeff says:

    you have no idea how mad this article makes me

  3. Tommy S says:

    hahaha, i love you jeff. but come on perfect example of someone who can’t think outside the box and determine what ultimately is best for the country. do you think people are more prone to drug use if it is legal? if so, explain how it is different because they are illegal? I can get any illegal drug i want within an hour just with a couple phone calls (except crystal meth idk anybody on that shit).

  4. JackDev says:

    You touched a nerve with me. I understand where you’re coming from but have a different slant on things. I think more drugs should be decriminalized similar to MJ but not outright legalized. The emphasis… and ‘war’ money… and more money… should go into education and treatment, not to lawyers and prisons.

  5. Tommy S says:

    Right, I understand but I touched on how drugs should not be marketed (marketing would be the outright legalization which should not occur) in the same fashion as alcohol and cigarettes to promote the use of them. The stance on drugs in this country now does nothing to prevent the use, and it compounds the problem by creating the black market, and all of the symptoms as the result of that. I think the drug problems diminish if it were legalized. Because it would keep a certain population of kids from tempting with rebellion, and the education comes with the promotion of healthy living and the affects drugs have on you. Drug problems will not be aprehended with tougher laws, it will only aggrivate the problem.

  6. jeremy says:

    drugs should be legal based solely on the fact that the government should not have the right to decide what someone can or can not do with their own body… you shouldn’t be able to lock someone in a cage unless they harm other people

  7. Billy Smith says:

    I’ve though a lot about this article and it’s responses. Bottom line is that there is a huge problem with drugs in our country. Therefore, something needs to be done. The answer is obviously not clear in any direction, theoretically speaking. Yes, thats theoretically speaking because we have only tried one solution… “war on drugs”. What would happen if a marketing campaign wasn’t working for a company. They would change up their methods. The problem is that there is an emotional attachment to the “Drug” problem. Marketing campaigns are strictly business, strictly by the numbers. That’s why correct decisions are made. In the first video, those opposing the drug reform were letting their emotions stand in the way of a logical “Business” decision.

  8. Tommy S says:

    That’s definitely a valid take on the subject, and emotion takes over for a lot of sensitive subjects in this country and it’s holding us back… Something as menacing as drugs needs a calculated approach, the ‘war on drugs’ is one of pure stupidity. It’s like when you have someone seeking attention (like some of these reality TV show people), the reason they continue to act stupid is because people are watching and egging them on and they are getting what they want, attention. As far as drugs go, addicts are going to use no matter what, but it’s that prospective crowd of users who tempt with rebellion, and get themselves involved with risky behavior. Because the ‘war on drugs’ is giving drug users ‘attention,’ by amplifying the edginess behind the use of it more people are going to want to dabble with the thought of being ‘bad.’ That’s just one component, I’ve gone over the ‘black market,’ and everything else why this is one the worst things to ever happen to this country.

  9. phid says:

    legalize the Coke, the weed, and an occasional E-pill. Fuk the rest of it lol lol, Legalize and i’ll advertise!!!

  10. RobbieRoby says:

    This is put together really well. Drugs are a big problem in this country, and what we have in place does not seem to be working. I don’t know what else would work though.

  11. Hills says:

    if drugs were decriminalized we would have more ppl on drugs

  12. WordSmith says:

    Your grammar is terrible. Stop ruining the english language you dope.

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