America’s Drug Problem: Trafficking Effects
By Harry Jenkins
August 29, 2011
Some things are simply not going to ever go anywhere because of the nature of them and the nature of people. Some harmful substances that people are addicted to will not be vanquished by the government as long as they have an illegal option to procure such substances. The issue at hand is drug trafficking in the United States and how to handle it. The government spends billions of dollars each year trying to fight the war on drugs and drug trafficking rings still come away with 321.6 billion dollars from sales. The DEA alone has an annual budget of two billion dollars, but they ...view middle of the document...
They will also point out that by legalizing marijuana you run the risk of minors coming into possession of it more easily, but the same is true for alcohol and tobacco. Minors are already being prosecuted for marijuana offenses and get caught in the criminal justice system at an early age.
State prisons are over populated with inmates who are serving drug charges and the more serious offenders get shorter sentences due to the space issues. It’s not cost effective to house so many inmates on drug charges, especially when the country is in a debt crisis. The court system would be freed up and able to screen more cases in a timely manner if there weren’t any drug convictions coming through. People will still argue that the benefits are not worth the safety issues that will arise if drugs are legalized. If safety is an issue with legalizing marijuana, it could always be examined and regulated by the FDA the same as any other drug or product.
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