Legalizing Drugs; Why not?
by alexanedub on September 10, 2013 - 8:36pm
The war on drugs is a war that has been going on for far too long. Constant debates are going on about the legalization of drugs and the consequences of it. After reading the article Why not… Legalize Drugs? by Brian Wheeler, a reporter for BBC news, the author brings up many points that support the legalization of all drugs. The author talks about the history of the Drug War and when it started. Since 1960, the climate changed because of the outburst of drug use amongst young adults. The Misuse of Drugs Act was signed in 1971, which classifies drugs by their potential harm. This clearly did nothing because after 50 years of drug prohibition, these substances have become cheaper and more widely used than ever. The author mentions the corruption involved in the drug world that affects the societies directly. Corruption with drugs means military and police forces are concentrated on this issue while other important things deserves the police and military’s attention. The author supports the fact that the prohibition of drugs is obviously not working and a new approach is needed. The ethical issue raised in the article is that drugs will be circulating whether they are legal or not, and maybe the legalization would make it a safer and controlled environment.
Many ethical principles revolve around the legalization of all drugs. The most important one is the freedom of choice every human should be entitled to. Most debates that support legalization support the moral principle that every person should have the choice to take drugs if they would like to. If someone would like to use these substances, they should be allowed to as long as they do not harm anyone else around them. The legalization of these substances by the government could also promote awareness of using these drugs. Since the underground market for drugs will always exist, a simple solution would be to find ways to regulate this market. Drugs will obviously always be dangerous, but people should be able to make a decision on their own whether they want to use these drugs or not. This leaves no autonomy for people in their decisions because if they get caught, they will be faced with severe consequences. Instead of punishment, the government should regulate; people don’t need the government telling them what is good and bad for their bodies.
The other side of this ethical issue would be that legislating drugs would only promote drug abuse and make it spread. The sale of highly dangerous drugs would make a population more at risk. Personally, I support the legalization of these substances because military and police forces should take care of more serious issues like child abuse or murder cases. The corruption that the drug market brings on is too big to be taken control of, so the best way to face it would be to implement laws that would regulate these drugs, also leaving the population the freedom of choice, which is a strong moral value for most people. The drug market will forever exist, so why not just regulate it?