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Legalize It Many feel today we are loosing the war on drugs When a battle goes to the point where there is no winner there needs to be a re-evaluation of how to solve the problem In the case of the war against drugs years of fighting have caused increased crime overcrowding of prisons and the wasted use of money and resources with no results It is now time to look at alternative methods to solving the nations drug problem I will be looking at one of these methods that deals with the legalization of marijuana In the following pages you can look at why I think there is a problem in the United States which deals with the use of drugs our solutions to the problem and our responses to the attacks against the legalization of marijuana Although legalization will increase use of the drug However many supporters of continuing the illegalization of drugs believe that by legalizing drugs they will become more accessible and use will therefore increase They base this argument on past experiment dealing with alcohol prohibition After the end of prohibition with the 21st amendment alcohol consumption doubled while prohibition decreased use by 50 percentLight They also cite that use of marijuana peaked in 1979 when there was a decriminalization of drug use by eleven states When researching to find if a particular solution will prove to be of use it is important to look at historical examples and learn from them In Liverpool England after a recent legalization of drugs in a regulatory program that focuses on the medical benefits of drugs most drug pushers have left town because there is no longer a market for themPriver 28 This shows that legalization actually decreases use because of the increased emphasis on rehabilitation and the decrease of drug pushers Such a dramatic decrease in drug dealers has not only resulted in crime reduction
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