Drug Legalization


Strong drug enforcement in the United States is correlated with the
reduction in crime , drug use, and drug addiction growth rates. The
impact on tougher drug sanctions has been overshadowed by a myth that U.S. drug
enforcement has become too lenient.
This myth has been promoted by the multi-million dollar pro-drug
legalization lobby, civil libertarians, and misguided academic researchers to
the public with limited review and challenge.
Attacks on drug enforcement efforts often hold law enforcement to
impossible and changing performance standards. Law enforcement , treatment ,
and prevention complement each other. None of the credit for the twelve year
decline in drug use among our children is attributed to law enforcement, yet
recent increase in drug use are cited as evidence of law enforcement's failure.
Without question, drug abuse in our society has been a major cause of
crime and social disruption. The drug problem has been so enormous that some in
our society , misguided by frustration , are listening to the arguments to
legalize or decriminalize drugs. The solution to the drug problem is not to
repeal the drug laws. The solution requires commitment to a balanced effort on
drug education , prevention , treatment, and law enforcement. Softening our
drug laws would be a major mistake. Research and data clearly shows the
problem is not drug prohibition , but drug use. When drugs are cheap and
easily accessible , more people will use them. It is a frightening scenario
that envisions more of our citizens, both juveniles and adults, using mind -
altering substances that not only affect their own behavior and health, but also
endanger innocent people.
Experience has already shown a link between illegal drug use and crime;
that even the so called " victimless " use of marijuana can cause a
disproportionate amount of serious accidents; and other countries , such as
South Korea and Taiwan , learned that tolerating drug abuse only allowed it
to grow out of hand. Those who do not learn from experience are bound to repeat
it. We cannot afford to do this with the drug problem. There are the lives of
innocent people at stake in our generation and the next generation .
Let's be realistic, legalizing marijuana is a terrible idea which
would have serious negative side effects. Those in favor of legalization
are making false arguments that may sound good , but are often simplistic and
short sighted. Legalization may lessen the violence surrounding drug dealing ,
but the real problem is violence resulting from drug use, and this must be
addressed with strong law enforcement , substance abuse treatment, prevention
and a commitment to change.
Anyone who uses marijuana and thinks that "pot" is not harmful is
fooling themselves. The active ingredient THC , is addictive , and users can
get just as addicted as they can with nicotine ( cigarettes and chewing
tobacco) or alcohol or cocaine.
Any tax revenue collected resulting from legalization would be minimal
compared to the social cost of addiction. Legalization would create even more
clients for an already overburdened treatment system, and at a much higher cost.
Treatment is only a part of the price that we pay, we will also be paying for
the marijuana users increased health problems, reduced productivity , injuries
from auto accidents , and crime. The overwhelming media impact on drug
legalization is scary when you think of the impact on young people. Marijuana is
the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. The good news is that
marijuana use is down slightly according to some recent surveys. We must send
messages to society especially the teen-age members that it is not all right to
get " high", getting high is not a message that stresses healthy relaxation and
coping with problems in a matured manner.
What if a tiny but stubborn group of people continued to promote
legalization of what is now illegal drugs? We cannot afford to permit the few
misguided people, some possibly that have ulterior motives, to succeed. There is
a major need for factual information to counter the Drug Policy Foundation and
others who continue to push for a nation of zombies and destroy America.
The nations most precious resource is it's children , the future
generation. We must leave them with a society that will give them the best
chances possible for a useful , healthy , and safe life that is free from crime
and drugs. What if drugs were legalized what would our communities be like? We
would have people walking around high half of the time, people would lose their
jobs because they