Essay about Drug Legalization : Not For The Sake Of The Addict

1000 Words Nov 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Drug legalization must occur, not for the sake of the addict, but for the future of America. Certainly, the money invested in the current drug enforcement policies, do not indicate an acceptable return on results or a clear path for resolution. As a result; escalating prison populations, swelling cartel profits, and civil liberty violations dominate urban landscapes. Undoubtedly, any dialogue centering on legalization, must include healthcare reforms and positive social engagement for youth Political scare tactics, skyrocketed non-violent drug related incarcerations in the 1980’s; pairing the media and government marching in unison to the chorus of “War on Drugs.” Therefore, unjustly expanding the prison population, according to author Erich Goode, for the sake of political gain. Currently, America leads the world in prison population and rates second in per capita incarceration rates. In addition, the costs for maintaining state prisons exceeds $48.5 billion in 2010, with the costs of other social programs continually strained. Federal prison costs exceeded $8.5 billion in 2014, increasing to a level of 3.5 percent over 2012’s budget. The National Drug Control Budget FY 2015, when analyzed, continues to display the government’s concentration on the supply side reduction instead of demand reduction. Many scholars, do not accept this as the logical approach; instead, assert focusing solely on demand reduction. Notably, increases in drug use prevention and…

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