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Should Drug Use Be Decriminalized Nadelmann argues that the present policy on drugs does not work and that it is counterproductive Legalization he contends would stop much of the disease violence and crime associated with illegal drugs Nadelmann then continues with his idea of a realistic drug campaign that acknowledges that drugs are here to stay and that no matter how many billions of dollars from American taxpayers are utilized in this so-called war against drugs there will still be sellers and buyers of illegal drugs In his policy the author here presents a compelling argument that America needs to learn the lessons from other countries on how to handle themselves with regard to common sense public health safety human rights and human thinking I think Nadelmanns idea presented here is well thought out Former President Bush asked Congress in 1989 to allocate 106 billion dollars for the war on drugs visioning a total elimination of illicit drugs Those are some lofty expectations that were never met and they still havent been The pitfall of Nadelmanns argument is trusting Congress to unanimously pass this radical policy within the next few years then all of Americas drug-related problems would be an afterthought That seems to nave to my liking Inciardi and Saum argue that legalization would be madness because drug prohibition seems to be having some very positive effects andlegalizing drugs would not necessarily have a depressant effect on violent crime I personally would have liked to ask the authors here why do they think crime happens Are the criminals here attempting to possess something either of cash or high value to grant them illegal drugs in exchange for what they have stolen Maybe thats too easy Drugs have always been accessible in some way throughout history easier at sometimes than others Drugs use is a fact It will never fade out this isnt a phase America is going through As long as people
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