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Pros and Cons of Drug Legalization These are just my thoughts on Drug Legalization On one hand Ive seen the damage done by drug us Drugs destroy families and lives I would not ever want to convey the idea that drug use is unacceptable However I also know that once a person is addicted it is not always a matter of choosing to stop using That a person needs to learn new ways of coping with life and he needs plenty of support to do that I do not believe that punishment will ever convince a person to stop using especially when that person was taught to use by his parents when he was very young I do believe that treatment is much more reasonable than punishment as well as more effective and less expensive In addition I believe that alcohol and tobacco both legal drugs probably do much greater harm in the long run than most illegal drugs today Another point in favor of legalization is that the unintended victims of the War on Drugs are the children of parents who are incarcerated especially when the parents do not receive treatment and return to society angrier than they were in the first place A final point in favor of legalization is that illegal drugs are fueling organized crime not only in our own country but also in Latin America Also when drugs are illegal prices are high and young people are much more tempted to become dealers in order to make a lot of money fast When I was first incarcerated in 1999 I was firmly for drug legalization Slowly I have come to have mixed feelings about whether I am for or against drug legalization Now I think that perhaps if they were legalized but controlled prices would go down and organized crime would lose I know for sure that prisons are not solving the problem I also
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