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The issue of whether to decriminalize drugs or not is a controversial topic There are many different ways to reform the drug war in the United States including making punishments harsher for drug offenders or making drugs legal Drugs should become legal because it will create less taxes for citizens lower drug related arrests lower prison populations create a purer drug and lower the death rate During the prohibition era the government did not have control over alcohol the mafia did With the illegality of alcohol by the 18th amendment the mafia could produce liquor and therefore had considerable control over those who wanted their substance and service Judges and law enforcement officers were bought off so the supply of liquor could continue The 21st amendment legalized alcohol once again When this amendment passed the gangs that supplied the alcohol during prohibition were no more because alcohol was legal libertarian issues The 21st amendment should also legalize drugs because with the legalization of drugs a decrease in homicides 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 Taxes will be placed immediately on all drugs sold which will significantly increase the governments income The more money that government receives is more Less than 20 of all inmates in state prisons are drug offenders Statistical Abstract of the United States No 383 If the 136 million illicit drug users in the United States now are combined with all the inmates who are drug offenders of non-violent charges that will equal a very big income from taxes for the federal government if they are set free The average cost in 1997 to incarcerate a federal inmate was 23000 As stated above 59 of all federal inmates are drug offenders and to feed clothe and guard these inmates per
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