The Definition for decriminalization is, to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against. Legalization and decriminalization are different in many ways. Decriminalization is a loosening of criminal penalties now imposed for personal marijuana use even though the manufacturing and sale of the substance remain illegal. Essentially, under decriminalization, law enforcement is instructed to look the other way when it comes to the possession of small amounts of marijuana meant for personal use. Under decriminalization, the manufacture and sale of marijuana remains unregulated by the state. Those caught using the substance face civil fines instead of criminal charges.
Legalization, on the other hand, is the lifting or abolishment of laws banning the possession and personal use of marijuana. Legalization allows the government to regulate and tax marijuana use and sales. Proponents also make the case that taxpayers can save millions of dollars by removing from the judicial system the hundreds of thousands of offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana.
98% of students at Judge Memorial Catholic High School that have taken a survey on if all drugs should be decriminalized, all agreed that all drugs should be decriminalized except for a few drugs, like Peyote, bath salts, and drugs along those lines. If the majority of United States citizens agree drugs should be decriminalized then why are our congressmen not taking a stand and speak for the citizens like they are supposed to. The United States Government, is supposed to make decisions that benefits the country as a whole, although they make choices that benefit themself, not their citizens.
Richard Nixon created the War On Drugs, as a war on races. He came out and said that he is doing it to put African American People in Jail. This war is still going on today and needs to stop now with the decriminalization of all drugs. To many people are in prison for such small drug crimes.