The Controversy Of Legalizing Drugs Essay

1024 Words Aug 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Forty five years have passed since the American Government has declared a war on drugs. Do you feel safe living in a drug free America? Are children and young adults living in the United States protected from the drug cartels? Do the American schools remain free of illegal substances? The controversy of legalizing drugs has been ongoing for years with more than enough anti-drug propaganda and reasons to vote against legalization of drugs. As the communities, schools, and youth become heavily impacted by the sale, use, and overdose of illegal substances, more research is needed to dig deeper into the problems and understand the issue on levels other than the most obvious and superficial. It’s time to learn from the past, review the facts, and analyze the statistics! U.S. History, drug statistics, and foreign affairs prove the war on drugs has been counterproductive, and the United States needs to end drug prohibition by legalizing all drugs.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and make crime out of things that are not crime.” United States history proves that prohibition is not a productive way to control manufacturing, or use and sale of illegal substances. For instance, the alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s and 30’s came to an end after 13 years of funding organized crime. The original intent was to steer society away from alcohol and intoxication to a life of…

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