Marijuana is currently illegal in most of the United States (U.S.), which has been part of a continuous debate and discussion amongst Americans. On the one hand there are those that believe that marijuana is wrong, not only for health reasons but that it is also the reason behind drug trafficking and drug dealers. Contrary, there are those that believe that marijuana is not as bad because it helps individuals in a form of medication in order to cope with daily hassles and issues. Even though marijuana is not legalized in most States it is important to understand that the marijuana plant will never diminish and that not everyone uses this drug in order to make wrongful decisions or assist in negative actions.
The War on Drugs has been a highly contentious issue since its inception. In California, for example, possessing more than 28.5 grams of marijuana- with an estimated street value of $350-$400 is subject to a misdemeanor, 6 months imprisonment, and a fine of $500. The cost of housing an inmate arrested and convicted for non-violent drug related offenses such as this will cost the state anywhere from $10-27,000 a year. This shows that some individuals are greatly being charged for something that is not as significant or big of an issue, which is extremely unfair and unjust (it is also affecting society in many different ways). The new policy I am introducing, the War on Drugs III, states: those that are caught with a small amount (approximately 28.5) of marijuana will not be given the same punishment as those that sell marijuana.
This is a serious discrepancy in which the punishment does not fit the crime. These are merely the statistics given for possession, however, cultivatio...
... middle of paper ...
Federal Prison Overcrowding—Costs, Reasons, and Alternatives. http://www.prlog.org/11692340-federal-prison-overcrowdingcosts-reasons-and-alternatives.html.
French, Laurence, and Magdaleno Manzanárez. NAFTA & Neocolonialism: Comparative Criminal, Human & Social Justice. Lanham, MD: University of America, 2004. Print.
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing
California. Berkeley: University of California, 2007. Print.
(2) Kamala D. Harris Crime in California 2010. Bureau of Criminal Information and Analysis. http://ag.ca.gov/crime.php
Kelley, Robin D. G. Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class. New
York: Free, 1996. Print.
Reducing Prison Overcrowding, Improving Justice and Preventing Crime
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... He gives the example of a physician, Leopold Salazar who published papers asserting that cannabis did not cause psychosis and he came to the conclusion that drugs should be kept legal and their sales should be regulated by the Mexican government (Hari, 2015, p. 141) These policies, in the wake of the United States ' War on Drugs was steamrolled and Mexico was forced to adopt harsher laws to criminalize all drugs. The United States dictated that Mexico aid its war and the Mexicans followed, results of this can be seen today in the carnage and violence that exists in Mexico today.... [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin]
1308 words (3.7 pages)
- The War on Drugs is Failing “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance… for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and make a crime out of things that are not a crime. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principle upon which our government was founded” Abraham Lincoln On January 16, 1920 the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified by thirty-six states and became part of the Constitution. The intention of this new amendment was to lower alcohol consumption by Americans.... [tags: George Bush's War on Drugs]
1223 words (3.5 pages)
- ... However, inmates with children are perhaps the most affected by the pains of imprisonment as the separation and loss of contact to these children effect both the parents, children and all loved ones close by. According to a study done by Joseph Murray (2005) titled, The effects of imprisonment on families and children of prisoners, "imprisonment of a partner can be emotionally devastating and practically debilitating", causing a "loss of income, social isolation, difficulties of maintaining contact, deterioration in relationships, and extra burdens of childcare can compound a sense of loss and hopelessness for prisoners’ partners (para 7)”.... [tags: criminal justice system, drugs, crime]
905 words (2.6 pages)
- ... This treaty would allow the U.S to extradite the cartel traffickers for a trial in the U.S. This caused Pablo to attack the government and this ultimately caused the Medellin cartel’s downfall. In the early 1990’s the cartel’s leaders were apprehended and the leader Pablo Escobar was killed in a firefight after having to run for his life. (PBS2). The Cali Cartel was an established in 1972 and prospered until 1992. After the downfall of the Medellin Cartel the Cali Cartel quickly filled their shoes becoming the most powerful cartel.... [tags: America's need for drugs]
915 words (2.6 pages)
- Introduction In this documentary film analysis, I will analyze the film: End the War on Drugs which is written and presented by Russell Brand as he expresses his stance on the war on drug. I will do this by examining the arguments he brings forward and determine whether they are valid arguments. The purpose of this film is to demonstrate and provide valid evidence to promote and persuade the legalization, regulation, decriminalization of drugs, mainly in the UK to the Home Affairs Select Committee (BBC, 2014).... [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Physical dependence]
1347 words (3.8 pages)
- America's War on Drugs: Policy and Problems In this paper I will evaluate America's War on Drugs. More specifically, I will outline our nation's general drug history and look critically at how Congress has influenced our current ineffective drug policy. Through this analysis I hope to show that drug prohibition policies in the United States, for the most part, have failed. Additionally, I will highlight and evaluate the influences acting on individual legislators' decisions to continue support for these ineffective policies as a more general demonstration of Congress' role in the formation of our nation's drug policy strategy.... [tags: America Drug War Politics Narcotics Essays]
4902 words (14 pages)
- Should Drugs Be Decriminalized. Recreational drug use has been controversial for years. Government has deemed the use of certain drugs to be dangerous, addictive, costly, and fatal. Governmental agencies have passed laws to make drugs illegal and then have focused a great deal of attention and money trying to prohibit the use of these drugs, and many people support these sanctions because they view the illegality of drugs to be the main protection against the destruction of our society (Trebach, n.d.).... [tags: drug policy, government, taxes]
1650 words (4.7 pages)
- The Case Against America’s War on Drugs The legal prohibition on most psychoactive drugs has been in place in this country for the better part of a century. This policy of prohibition, however, has never been based on reason or careful consideration, but on the paranoia of a small segment of society and the indifferent willingness of the majority to accept this vocal minority’s claims without question. Outlawing any use of a particular drug is a violation of the basic freedom of individuals to act as they please in their private lives.... [tags: Legalize Narcotics Drug]
3560 words (10.2 pages)
- ... Due to the unconsented violation to her body the woman later took her life. “The vast majority of killings emerge from a situation of domestic violence, and general impunity”. This means that majority of these female deaths, are a result, of social factors (corrupt government) that are causing violence such as sexual or domestic abuse. The main issue of the increasing number of deaths is that those who are killing women, such as soldiers and drug lords are not being punished, therefore, creating a spiral of violence and injustice in Chihuahua, Mexico.... [tags: Domestic violence, Violence]
1081 words (3.1 pages)
- A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-28-01) Tom Cohen of the Associated Press reported on May 28, 2001 that Canada's drug control policy is slowly but clearly shifting toward decriminalizing marijuana. This Canadian political movement is in opposition to current trends in US drug law and could influence future direction of drug policy in the United States toward a public health addiction policy that focuses upon prevention and treatment and away from a criminal justice drug policy that focuses upon punishment as a deterrent.... [tags: essays research papers]
551 words (1.6 pages)