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Anti-legalization of Drugs Drugs have been around for many centuries and proceeds to be a major issue for the last few decades Marijuana was first federally prohibited in 1937 Today nearly 70 million Americans admit to having tried it Inciardi 19 Whether people stop using drugs there will always be more and more people reaching out to use drugs For the past few decades many people have tried to legalize drug use as well as stopping the use of drugs Society in my opinion would not know how to react if drugs were to be legalized I think that legalizing drugs will not only ruin the community but also peoples lives Legalization of drugs has been a failure in other nations Great Britain Switzerland and the Netherlands are among the nations which have successfully provided areas where drug takers can obtain and use drugs Recently an MTV documentary on the drug issue highlighted coffeehouses in Amsterdam as a model for controlled successful environment in which young Europeans can enjoy marijuana However the experience with legalizing drugs has had its negative effects For instance violent crime is a major problem in the Netherlands A 1992 study of crime victims in twenty mostly European countries ranks the Netherlands as the number one country in Europe for assaults and threats Olson 79 The British system didnt work Addiction levels rose especially among teenagers and more people became addicts This sets an example to how it will hurt the nation as one not only will the nation look bad but go bad as well Crime violence and drug use go hand-in-hand Many believe that legalizing drugs would decrease the crime and use rate of drugs In 1996 641642 Americans were arrested for marijuana offenses thats approximately one arrest every 49 seconds Federal Bureau of Investigation In the essay The Case for Slavery AM Rosenthal explains his opinion why drugs
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