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The controversy surrounding the legalization of drugs has raged since the late 1930s and it seems it will continue well into the future Such a debate has been apparent in the American marketplace of ideas before with the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s With the illegality of alcohol the mafia could produce liquor and therefore had considerable control over those who wanted their substance and service The role that the mafia played in the 1920s has transformed into the corner drug dealers and drug cartel of the 1990s The justification that legalized alcohol under Amendment 21 in 1933 should also legalize drugs in 1996 Kuhn 43 With the legalization of drugs a decrease in deaths related to drug deals would occur and also the price would lessen because bigger businesses could produce drugs at a cheaper price Thus reducing crimes that are committed to support a drug habit Another drug that has played a major role in American society is nicotine For hundreds of years cigarettes have been a popular legal drug within the United States Only through legalization and education has the popularity and the use of cigarettes declined within the past ten years The actual consequences of using illicit drugs on the body are much less than using drugs like alcohol or cigarettes and the consequences will be diminished Illicit drugs can and will be made safer than they are in the present system In making comparisons the best is to look at how countries are functioning that have less enforcement on drugs and what the statistics were after drugs were decriminalized The use of drugs is a victimless crime much like homosexuality Homosexuals have fought for a great deal of freedom that is based on their basic human rights the right to make decisions and act freely based on what is protected under the Constitution so long as anyone else is not affected Economically the production of drugs in the
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