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A Closer Look into drug decriminalisation

Kavya Srinivasan



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 Drug trafficking is a serious public health problem in the world. In the United States, the number of drug-related homicides is increasing year by year, and the number is expected to rise in the near future. Drug-related crimes are a major cause of social exclusion, health problems, and mass incarceration. Drug users, growers, and other low-level players, as well as aggressive enforcement tactics, have contributed to social isolation and health problems all over the globe. On the other hand, it can be argued the legalisation of drugs might be accompanied by improved avenues for recovery and assistance for addicts. 

On reviewing various journals, books and scholarly articles, it was observed that drug addiction should be handled as a medical problem, not a legal one. It could facilitate medicinal usage - Cannabis is one of the medications. It is important to address this as it is a growing concern in this progressive world. It is important to assess both sides to the argument centring this issue by analysing the perspectives of various scholars, academicians and states. Drugs have an impact not just in society, but economics as well. One of the critical findings of this research is that to address the drug problem, government at all levels spends around $100 billion annually, of which $35 billion is specifically allocated to criminal justice and law enforcement initiatives. 

The connections between drugs and crime also provide significant evidence of the negative effects this will have on prices. All those expenses are connected to the constraints placed on the judicial system and law enforcement. Drugs can be linked to crime if they result in a mental or physical state that is conducive to breaching the law, if they generate a perceived need that motivates theft, or if they make it harder to get formal mediation, which leads to an increase in predatory and retaliatory crimes. The talk will further review the current state of the art of drug policies in the country, including the legalisation of drugs and the prosecution of drug users, and their growers.


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