Cato Institute Essay

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The Cato Institute’s War on Drugs

The Cato Institute’s War on Drugs
Feb. 6, 2014

The Cato Institute’s War on Drugs


The Cato Institute was established to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. (Cato Institute) The Cato Institute was founded in 1974 in Wichita, Kansas. The founders were Charles G. Koch with co-founders Murray Rothbard and Edward H. Crane. The motto of the company is “Individual Liberty, Free Markets, and Peace”. The Cato Institute participants believe in limiting the power ...view middle of the document...

The U.S. government spends 19 billion dollars per year on the war on drugs. Strangely enough drugs seem to still be readily available from any little small town in America to epidemic proportions in the larger cities.

In the country’s failed attempt to stop the flow of narcotics the government has and still is fighting a never ending battle. The war of drugs will never end because there are greedy political officials that allow the flow of drugs because they want a cut of the money that is being made from the drug trade. Until we have a 100 percent uncorrupt society, drugs will continue to flow across the United States. I believe that the government should legalize marijuana being that only 21 others have done so. In doing this, it will help keep jails from being overcrowded and save tax payers billions of dollars. Think of how much revenue it would create being that Colorado generated over 5 million within its first week of 2014 by legalizing its use to all qualifying users. A rough estimate would be around 250 million and beyond for legalization for all 48 states and 2 U.S. territories. Ideally marijuana would become a natural resource and also...

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