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The legalization of currently prohibited drugs increases their use

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The legalization of currently prohibited drugs increases their use
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Drug use
Drug prohibition
Linking arguments
Governments should prohibit cannabis
The governmental prohibition of certain drugs with recreational uses is effective at reducing the use of targeted drugs
The governmental prohibition of certain drugs with recreational uses increases usage rates for recreational drugs



Supporting arguments

The Netherlands relaxed drug prohibition there, and it resulted in an increase in drug use overall, even of drugs that remained illegal. [1] [2]


Governmental tolerance of cannabis use will encourage use of that drug among children by removing barriers to access. [3] [4]


The legalization of heroin use as part of harm reduction projects in Switzerland and the United Kingdom have been unsuccessful at reducing their use. The most effective means to reduce heroin use remains prohibition. [5]


Relaxing current prohibitions on cannabis would lead to a reduction in stigma for drug use, which will result in an increase in the use of hard drugs. [6]


When Alaska decriminalized cannabis in 1975, it resulted in an increase in use of that drug. [7]

Opposing arguments

Drug prohibition causes higher usage rates, so legalizing currently illegal drugs will reduce usage. [8]

Notes

  1. Drug Enforcement Agency
  2. John Hawkins
  3. JoshuaZ
  4. Kevim_A
  5. Drug Enforcement Agency
  6. Andrew Morral
  7. Drug Enforcement Agency
  8. The Four Deuces
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