Week 6 DQ #2
The illegal use of drugs has been a widespread problem in the United States. Ever since the criminalization of narcotics by the federal government in 1914, growers, smugglers, and dealers have violated controlled substances acts, commonly referred to as drug laws. The government has considered various options to control drug use. Decriminalization and legalization are two such options. Decriminalization refers to reducing the punishment for any criminal act but not making the act legal. Such decriminalized acts are not considered crimes but are still the subject of regulation, similar to the regulation of prostitution in Nevada. Legalization refers to completely removing the laws against the production or use of drugs that were illegal. One example of legalization occurred in 1933 when prohibition was repealed, legalizing the production of alcoholic beverages.
The majority of people in law enforcement in the United States and across the world oppose decriminalization and legalization. However, some argue that the use of illegal drugs, such as marijuana, should be permitted in small amounts for medical purposes without punishment. In this Discussion, you examine the topic of decriminalization of drugs more closely and take a position for or against it.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the article, "Reflections on Drug Policy." Think about decriminalization as an approach to drug use. Also consider the alternative approaches to drug use.
Review the article "Four Points About Drug Decriminalization," and consider the arguments for decriminalizing drug use.
Review the article "On the Decriminalization of Drugs," and reflect on the arguments for criminalizing drug use.
Reflect on the arguments for and against the decriminalization of drug use.
Think about whether you agree or disagree with the decriminalization of drug use and consider why.
With this in mind:
By Day 3 a position for or against the decriminalization of drug use. Justify your position with both philosophical arguments and empirical evidence.
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