Arguments Against Prohibition

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Prohibition has been tried countless times and every time it’s been tried, it has led to unintended consequences like an increase in organized crime, incarceration to name a few. Our drug policy currently follows the crime-control model which leads to policies that emphasize the criminal justice system 's arrest and punishment of the offender as the means of deterring crime and repressing criminal behavior. Mandatory minimum laws are an example of this ridiculous high sentence for a non-violent crimes where the judge has no say in the sentencing. This policy makes no sense as individuals such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Jeb Bush would not have the great careers they have had/have if they were caught smoking pot. Instead …show more content…
Even though he talks about the United Kingdom the policies of the UK and the We are similar enough that it hold relevance in this discussion. He states the main problem in the war on drugs is how the approach, punishment, fails to acknowledge the extent, nature and diversity of illegal drug taking and many illegal drug users ignore the laws. They fail to treat the consumption of legal as a highly complex social issue and treat it as an act of depravity. He then proceeds to state all the war on drugs does is punish the user. It has led to high incarceration and little success. Do the number compare the same in the …show more content…
The main reason people support the Crime-control model is because it supposed to lower that behavior that is why this whole war on drugs started to lower drug use. However, according to the documentary, The 1350 Project, after 40 years, spending $1.5 trillion dollars(Over $51,000,000,000 annually) on the war on drugs, and having millions incarcerated the drug addiction remains where it started at approximately 1%. In fact, according to the DEA Cocaine is now 74% cheaper. According to Gallup the percentage of Americans who have tried marijuana have increased for those of all ages; in 1973 those who tried marijuana were 35% of 18-29 olds, 5% of 30-49 year olds, 2% of 50-64 year old and 1% of 65 plus used drugs in 2013 the rates were 36% of 18-29 year old 49% of 30-49 year olds 44% of 50-64 year olds and 17% of those 65+. The failure is apparent and doesn’t need to be explained thankfully the 38% of Americans who have admitted to using pot were not all arrested, but under the current system if caught, 38% of American would have been punished. This means approximately 2/5ths of the American population would have had to serve x amount of jail time, be labeled a felon, unable to apply to many jobs, vote, and other

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