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HUMA 1110
Rebecca Jubis

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced Albert Einstein Drug use is widely regarded as one of the most serious health problems in our country today In 1971 President Richard Nixon declared a war against public enemy number one dangerous drugs As time goes by the ineffectiveness of this war becomes more clear The war on drugs is a failure that has become the most costly longest and most destructive war in American History With over 25 trillion spent since Richard Nixons declaration of a war on drugs over 40 years have gone by and the failure of this war is represented by an increase in corruption and crime an increase in harm to communities and drug users while at the same time creating a black market worth billions of dollars The war on drugs is ineffective at its one main goal to prevent the use of drugs Instead the war on drugs is responsible for more the one million prison inmates in the United States convicted of nonviolent drugrelated crimes a representation of the governments use of punishment as opposed to prevention 25 trillion is undoubtedly an outrageous amount of money and it may be hard to believe the United States has spent that much on a war that has yet to show any winners In 2010 there were more than 16 million state and local arrests for drug violations constituting about an eighth of all arrests Caulkins 32 A Pew Research Centre study shows it costs the US an average of 30000 a year to incarcerate an inmate A Cato Institute study shows legalizing drugs would save the US about 41 billion a year in enforcing the drug laws Bagley 204 As these shocking numbers are revealed it gets easier to picture how much money
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