Should drugs be legalized or not? The issue of legalizing drugs by federal or state governments has been a major controversy in the United States since the late 1980s. Some view legalization as a possible solution to some of the nation's deepest-seated problems, such as crimes. Others view legalization as a surrender in the war on drugs. Indeed, according to the information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2000, the government spent over one hundred billion dollars on a drug war that has been largely unsuccessful. They also issued a survey in the same year, which revealed that seventy four million Americans aged twelve and older use illegal drugs. Consequently, legalizing drugs is the only way to win the drug war. .
First of all, legalizing drugs will reduce the great amounts of money spent on enforcement because drug dealers and users are always one step ahead of the law enforcement. If one drug lord is caught, another one will show up somewhere else. We cannot win. We are just wasting our money on the enforcement. On the other hand, legalized drugs can be taxed heavily like tobacco and alcohol to increase our country's revenue, in order to gain immediate and long-term benefits.
Secondly, legalizing drugs will drop drug prices and end the violence against innocent people, as drug users will no longer need to steal or rob to support their drug habit. Moreover, it can stop thousand of inner-city youths from dropping out of school to make large profits by selling drugs. .
Finally, legalizing drugs will avoid environmental destruction since many underground labs have used toxic chemicals to produce drugs, and the wastes are dumped in forests and streams, which are causing the major environmental damage in the South American rainforests.
In fact, drugs are a major influential force in our country today. Although many people feel that legalizing drugs will increase the amount of use, there are still many benefits that can be uncovered to help people.