We all know the United States is hard on drugs, but what people rarely ask is how hard, how does it effect the economy, how does it effect the world, and how does it effect crime.
Ok we have laws against all drugs except alcohol and tobacco. But first from a philosophical standpoint why?
Who is the victim from someone choosing to use drugs? The answer is they are. So if they are the only PHYSICAL victims why is it illegal. From my view there shouldn’t be criminal penalties to non-victimized crime. SO why should the State of California be paying MORE for their prison system of which people incarcerated for drugs make up around 75% then they do for there education. From a political view it is pointless because of the money that is spent on it.
From an economic view this money contributes to the debt which contributes to inflation but it also alieanates a market and restricts the flow of other goods in the attempt to restrict drugs.
Also who do you think sells the goods. The major areas to grow them are underdeveloped areas like south america, central america, mexico and africa. We as a country ORDER these countries to ban the drugs as well creating well funded criminals as demonstrated by the drug cartels in the americas and the warlords in africa. WE fund the very people we seek to defeat and pay money to fight.(which is one of the reasons i am against Kony 2012.)I believe on all four levels philisophicaly, Economicly, Globally, and Politically that we should not have laws against drugs or in the very least use a policy of non-enforcement like Netherlands were drugs other than marijuana are technically illegal but the laws are completely obviously not enforced the laws which are actually only in place because the rest of the EU told them to.