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The Question of Legalizing Drugs Drug legalization is an enduring question that presently faces our scholars This issue embraces two positions drugs should not be legalized and drugs should be legalized These two positions contain an array of angles that supports each issue This brief of the issues enables one to consider the strengths and weakness of each argument become aware of the grounds of disagreement and agreement and ultimately form an opinion based upon the positions stated within the articles In the article Against the Legalization of Drugs by James Q Wilson the current status of drugs is supported Wilson believes if a drug such as heroin were legalized there would be no financial or medical reason to avoid heroin usage therefore anybody could afford it 367 Wilson stated that during 1960s British physicians were allowed to prescribe heroin to addicts until the number of addicts increased fivefold He argued that cocaine is not a victimless crime Addicts victimize children by neglect and spouses by not providing 370 Wilson upholds that illegality of drugs increases crime because users need to pay for their habit 372 He believes the benefit of illegal drugs is it forces patients who enter under legal compulsion to complete their treatment due to the pressure and drug-education programs in the schools 374 Wilson is convinced the difference between nicotine and cocaine is that while tobacco shortens ones life cocaine debase it and destroys the addicts humanity 375 Wilsons argument is strong because he demonstrates his knowledge of the subject and supports it with many clear scientific facts and historical examples of drug usage He interprets facts differently by seeing logical fallacy and factual error 371 in what other perceive as being a true He also acknowledges his opposition by addressing how the advocates of legalization respond to his position Wilson recognizes that that he may be wrong about his conclusions of drug legalization Yet he states
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