Drug Impact in Oakland
“Everyday 4,000 12-17 year olds use drugs for the first time”(Monitoring the Future 2012). The amount of teens using and selling drugs is alarming and all are using illegally because they are curious and want to be like everyone else, who is using. The drug problem in California is complex and many people know and believe that drugs are not good, but if so many people are using possibly the problems and abuse would go down if they were legalized. Therefore, drugs in California should be legalized in order to stop cartels and black market drug dealing and stop teens from selling drugs.
The use of drugs is increasing therefore, drugs should be legalized specifically to stop cartels and the illegal use of drugs. In an interview with an Oakland resident she was asked, what do you think should be done about drugs? She answered, “ I think drugs should be legalized because that’s the reason cartels exist and people are being killed. Everyone is trying to make money out of it not caring who they harm” (Personal Interview). Four words that are really important in this quote are legalized, cartels, money and killed because they are giving us a very clear reason on why drugs should be legalized. These words are telling us that once drugs are legal people won’t have to buy them illegally and cartels will stop hiding while selling them and they will stop killing. People will still be fighting and trying to kill each other because all they care about is money, but legalizing will reduce the number of people being killed. Additionally, in an article written by City Journal they wrote, “ The philosophic argument is that, in a free society, adults should be permitted to do whatever they please, always provided that they are prepared to take the consequences of their own choices and that they cause no direct harm to others” (City Journal). This quote is saying that if people use drugs it’s their life they are putting in danger. They are the ones that are deciding to use them and they know why. Legalizing drugs will allow people to use them in a calm way. They are able to do with their body whatever they want to. In conclusion, drugs should be legalized because by legalizing them people will be able to use them for what they want to use them. Legalizing them might stop some cartels and killing. People are killing each other because drugs are illegal and they are scared that people will say who is selling them to them.
Secondly, teens will sell less if it is legalized and monitored. In the article, “ 3 Kinds of Teen Drug Dealers, Study Says” the author Jimmy Hoover explains, “ The researchers panned through a pool of 12 to 17 year- olds from across the country to find 3,080 adolescents who reported to have sold drugs in the last 12 months” (Hoover). This quote is showing how if drugs were legalized teens will stop selling them and they won’t have to sell them and putting their life in danger. By having the drugs legal they will be able to buy them at the store just like they are able to buy alcohol. This number is very high and the people who are selling them are very young too. Moreover, in an article published by The Washington Post, they wrote, “The latest data from the U.S. Border Patrol shows that last year, marijuana seizures along the southwest border tumbled to their lowest level in at least a decade. Agents snagged roughly 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the border, down from a peak of nearly 4 million pounds in 2009” (The Washington Post). This is an example that by legalizing marijuana the amount of drugs that are being crossed by the border has slowly been diminishing. If the other illegal drugs were to be legalized the number might also shrink and be less every time. It might be that right now people only use them because they are illegal but if at some point they were legal the number will also drop tremendously. People will also stop selling them because they will be worth less. In the article they also talk about how the price of marijuana shrunk since it was legalized. Others might say that if drugs were to be legalized they will only make things worse. In an interview to an Oakland resident she was asked “what do you think should be done about drugs?” she answered, “I think that drugs should not be legalized. They should make a more strict law against them” (Personal Interview). This quote is showing how not everyone is in favor of legalizing them. They think that if they were to be legalized they will just make things worse. Some people think that if drugs are legalized there will be more people in the streets and less people working hard. This is showing how people have completely different opinions about drugs. In conclusion drugs should be legalized because people will stop selling them illegally. Since marijuana was legalized the number of pounds that crossed the border has decreased and that might happen for all of the other drugs.
In conclusion, drugs should be legalized because the number of people using/ selling them will stop growing. Once they are legal people will be able to buy them at any store and they won’t have to pay a huge amount for them. The cartels and everyone killing people will stop because they won’t be selling and buying them illegally. Cartels might also stop because there will be no point in selling them in a illegal way because they will be able to buy them at a store like alcohol.
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