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The legalization of drugs a risk not worth taking Arguments concerning the repeal of the 18th amendment drug prohibition have not changed much over the last seventy years the questions are the same the concerns are the same and the policy is the same the way it should be Both sides are in a constant battle over the legality of drugs Proponents of drug prohibition insist that the effects on society would be disastrous- wide-spread addiction increased crime - Opponents of drug prohibition insist that drug legalization would allow society to prosper - potency control crime reduction tax revenues Even when considering the possible prosperity of society the uncertainty that is linked with such a drastic change is overwhelming Ending drug prohibition is not worth the risk Proponents for drug prohibition have one good reason to think that the current policies concerning drug prohibition are good ones in their eyes no one has been able to provide anything better If drugs were made legal the first thing that would happen is wide spread addiction will occur Millions of people will become addicted due to the legal availability of drugs With addiction rates at such high levels it is safe to conclude that violence would follow Secondly the price of drugs will decrease due to the ease of obtaining them The cheaper a drug is the more it will be used the more it is used the more addicts there will be the more addicts there are the more crime there is While a reduction in violent crimes may occur the rate of over-all crime would very likely to rise in connection with the legalization of drugs One proposition by supporters for the legalization of drugs is controlled legalization Controlled legalization calls for the legalization of drugs in a restricted manner no sales to minors a control over potency a system of taxation etc First
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