Should Class A Drugs Be Made Legal?
SHOULD CLASS A DRUGS BE MADE LEGAL? – There are, as we all know, many different types of illegal, or what is often referred to as Class A, drugs.
The debate over making it legal to manufacture, distribute, own and use these types of drugs, is a debate that has long been discussed and while in some countries the use of drugs, such as marijuana, is now being softened the questions remain extremely divided on the use of Class A drugs, such as Heroin and Cocaine.
There are a number of arguments for and against the use of Class A Drugs and here are some of the debatable points in making Class A Drugs legal and points for continuing to make the manufacturing, distribution, ownership and use of Class A Drugs illegal.
Legalising Class A Drugs
1. The manufacturing of all Class A Drugs could be better monitored, ensuring consistent quality. If licensing were made available then the quality of the drugs could be initiated and therefore less harmful to the users.
2. The Drug Cartels wouldn’t make as much money and the dangerous exploits of smuggling, for both the distributors and law enforcement, could be eradicated saving hundreds of million in taxpayers money each year in order to try and prevent drug trafficking.
3. A reduction in the cost, due to the measures above, could also assist in the reduction of violent crime. If a cheap supply of Class A Drugs were available for those who wish to participate, would reduce the need to commit crime in order to obtain cash for the existing high cost of obtaining such drugs.
4. Medical facilities would be legally be able to distribute Class A Drugs to users, ensuring that the equipment, such as needles, are clean for each user. It is widely known that the spread of diseases, such as HIV and Aid, is attributed to users sharing needles.
Maintaining Laws for Making Class A Drugs Illegal
1. Drug cartels are unlikely to manufacture Class A Drugs to any acceptable standard. Regardless of how well a legalised system may be the monitoring of such would be almost impossible and enforcement even less likely.
2. Drug cartels would still make vast sums of money each year that would be used, as it is now, for other types of criminal activity including, but certainly not restricted to, illegal arms trade, prostitution and human slavery.
3. Regardless of how cheap Class A Drugs might be, by making them legal, does not alter the fact that drug addicts are generally not productive members of society. Class A Drugs often make a person incapable of work and therefore would still resort to crime in order to fuel their habit. Take a close look at a recent article on the abuse of meth and decide for yourself if these people are productive in society and that legalizing such an activity would indeed improve their situations.
4. Clinics are already available to drug addicts that allow them to obtain free sterile needles. Legalizing any Class A Drugs would not improve the situation, in fact it could worsen with more widespread use of such drugs.
Professor Mark Kleiman – Which Drugs Should Be Legal? How Legal Should They Be?
Watch the video below as Professor Mark Kleiman provides an interesting insight into societies drug use.