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Decriminalization Vs. Prohibition - College Paper

Decriminalization Vs. Prohibition



The idea of Drug Prohibition made sense: lower the availability of drugs
by the use of law enforcement. Unfortunately, Drug Prohibition means heavy
costs while proving to be ineffective and counterproductive.
I was thirteen when I saw drugs for the first time. I was with some of
my friends that live down the road from me. They asked me if I wanted to get
high with them. At the time, I didn't know what getting high meant, so I asked
them. One of them pulled ut a long slender object, similar to a cigarette, but
twisted on either end. They told me it was something special. I was still
bewildered. They said "It's pot, you know, marijuana?" Immediately I said no.
I had seen several ...

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way. I promised myself I would
not end up like Jimi Hendrix, or Janis Joplin, both found dead after overdoses,
because I had the power to say no. I had read stories and seen news flashes
about the side effects of some drugs. I had read newspaper articles about
people in Rome, which is just a few minutes away, dying of heroin overdoses. I
had seen people on TV that were alive, but were not conscious of their
surroundings, because of drug use. Their lives were basically over. I had
listened to speakers preach that drugs were one of the Devil's tools. There was
no way I would even consider ever trying them, because once a person starts,
they can't stop.
It was a few years later that I heard the other side of the story. I
learned that not only were we losing the war on drugs, but that the war had been
corrupted. The government was wasting money on something without a cause, or
hope. It wasn't long after that when I tried marijuana for the first time. I
remember it well. I ...

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Added: 1/12/2005 10:00:31 PM
Category: Legal Issues
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 1177
Pages: 5

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