Some would suggest that legalizing drugs would reduce crime, prevent youths from using drugs, and allow the government to monitor the sales and purchases of drugs. Legalizing alcohol after prohibition did not prevent the sale of alcohol to minors nor did it prevent minors from purchasing alcohol. Not only did legalizing alcohol fail to prevent minors from purchasing or alcohol being sold to minors, but also it did not prevent minors from using alcohol. Advocates argue that legalization of drugs would result in lower drug prices at a better quality because drugs would be sold openly or by private agencies. Advocates also think legalizing drugs would eliminate drug wars between dealers, violence and overall criminal behavior by drug addicts. However, some addicts were criminals before they started using drugs. The belief that better quality would result in lower rates of drug overdoses and diseases attributed to drug use is not accurate. In fact, legalization would increase an addicts’ appetite for the drug increasing the chances of an overdose and other health problems.
There are several reasons why legalization would be disastrous. Legalization would not eliminate or reduce a black market. There will also be innovative entrepreneurs seeking a piece of the pie. They will find a way to make money from drugs from the growing addict population. Advocates seem to think that drug users will somehow live a normal productive life if given legal access to drugs. Drug addicts have a psychological and physiological dependence on drugs, which prevents them from being able to live any sort of productive life. A drug addict’s life consists of finding the drug of their choice anyway they can, getting high, and once the high is over seeking the drug and high again. They don’t work or take care of families, in particularly, children. They don’t have goals, except for getting high.
The financial burden on society would be enormous, taking care of abandoned, abused, and neglected children of addicts. Not to mention the health problems associated with drug addicts who have easy access to drugs. Legalization of drugs would be devastating to the inner city, which is already devastated by illegal drug use. If drug addicts are allowed to have free reign to purchase legal drugs just think of the consequences, it would be worse than ever for the inner city and its’ residents. For this reason alone, the legalization view can be seen as a racist strategy to manage and undermine the people living in the inner city. Also, legalizing hallucinogens would create an even more violent society drugs like PCP cause violent behavior.
Many marijuana users feel that the drug is harmless and legalizing it would cause no great harm. However, marijuana has no positive qualities that would justify legalizing the drug. The problem with just legalizing marijuana is the message society would be sending to young people. If we say it is okay to get high for whatever reason that would undermine morals, values, temperance, and community. Since marijuana is known to produce feelings of extreme relaxation and a non-caring attitude, we would have a society of spaced out, forgetful, lackadaisical citizens. Children who are easily influenced and often copy adult’s behavior will find and have access to marijuana or other drugs and use the drug just out of curiosity.
Also, marijuana is often seen as the gateway drug. Children who are more likely to be susceptible to drug use like crack babies or babies born to mothers who were addicts, will have a harder time resisting temptation if society condones drug use. These children could also start using legalized marijuana, which would inevitably cause them to start using harder. Children who will have access to drugs used by parents who have obtained drugs legally can become addicts eliminating any sort of productive life or future. This will result in a large part of society being non-productive, addicted to drugs, and a burden on society in more than one way.