Drug Prohibition: An Economic Problem

Topics: Drug, Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, Prohibition Pages: 3 (886 words) Published: November 14, 2013
Lukas E. Wegmann
CJ 500


“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance.  It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.  A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” (Abraham Lincoln, Illinois House of Representatives, December 18, 1840) 
In lieu of the present situation of the drug war in America, our mission is to minimize the flow of illegal drugs into the country and reduce drug addiction. As long as drugs remain illegal they will continue to be profitable, causing the successful execution of our mission to elude us. My proposal addresses the problem of drugs in America not as an issue of moral vice laws, but as an economic problem in dire need of rectification. The problem is not in the failure or collapse of our Criminal Justice system, but in the simple near sightedness of its approach to fighting drug crime. Despite an increased emphasis on prevention and treatment programs by the present administration in recent years, the total costs of everything from drug-related arrests to prison adds up to at least $51 billion per year. It is a known fact that the criminal justice system is the major benefactor of this drug money, while minorities continue to be its primary target. In minimizing the flow of illegal drugs, I propose that we end the prohibition of drugs and put in its place a tight system of government regulation and control that will cripple the cartels and street dealers who control the illegal market that is slowly but surely contributing to our economic downfall. This new system will ensure that cartel supported gang bangers are denied a product to sell while establishing a regulated market that requires labeling and ID to purchase products intended for adult consumption. This...

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