LEGALIZE STREET DRUGS?
Exploring Persuasive Arguments
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THE HISTORY OF STREET DRUGS
Relieving the past: Heroin in the 1970’s
Calling for the Legalization of Cocaine in the 1990’s
Who is Winning the War on Drugs? This is where Pinto
starts presenting. These
are your minor points,
Pinto. The not as
BENEFITS OF ILLEGALITY
Pinto, for this slide and
the next t wo, I put the
bold major point as the
title of the slide and
broke your major point
content into smaller
points to help you
Less Hard-Drug Addicts remember what to say.
More Effective than Drug Abuse Therapy
More Difficult to Dissuade Users if it is Legal
THE ALCOHOL PROBLEM
⎮ - Major Point
⎮ - Major Point Content
Alcohol abuse is much higher than that of cocaine and
Legalized drugs may cause more harm then illegal ones,
Controlling expansion of cocaine and heroin is more so
plausible than alcohol
SCIENCE AND ADDICTION
Maintaining addicts offers controlled testing
Why pay for scientific testing on a legal substance?
What’s Wilson’s ﬁrst
name? Ha...I don’t have
my book with me.
“No one can know what our society would be like if we
changed the law to make access to cocaine, heroin and
PCP easier. I believe...that the result would be a sharp
increase in use, a more widespread degradation of the
human personality, and a greater rate of accidents and
violence.” - Wilson
Is drug abuse a “victimless” crime?
DID YOU KNOW?
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IS THE WAR ON DRUGS MORE
HARMFUL THAN HELPFUL?
The use of informers - corruption
Filling the prisons
Disproportionate imprisonment of African Americans
Destruction of inner cities
Major points for Meike
Compounding the harm to users
Ill treatment of chronic pain
Harming foreign countries
“The government has no right to prevent a responsible adult
from becoming an alcoholic, drug addict, or committing
suicide.” - Milton Friedman
Does society have to save people from themselves?
RESPONSIBLE USE OF MARIJUANA
SHOULD BE LEGAL
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the summary, but do you
want me to put in here?
Also, I was gonna
hyperlink the video to a
word in the summary
that correlates to the
drug usage video.
Summary (put video here)
Kyle, you’ll pretty much
be presenting from now
on. We’ll help, of course.
Law enforcement resources should focus on truly serious crimes
Destructive impact on lives, careers and families of those arrested
WON’T MARIJUANA BE
This is true for all drugs
Far less harmful than tobacco or alcohol
USE OF MARIJUANA
Set and Settings
Respect the Rights of Others
“We do not suggest that marijuana is totally harmless or that
it cannot be abused. That is true for all drugs, including
those which are legal. We do believe that moderate
marijuana us is relatively harmless -- far less harmful to the
user than either tobacco or alcohol.” - Keith Stroup
Is marijuana use worse than that of tobacco or alcohol use?
LIBERALIZING DRUG POLICIES
WOULD INCREASE CRIME AND
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INCARCERATION RATES ARE
INCREASING BECAUSE OF DRUG
In the US, 924,700 adults were convicted in 2000
1/3 of these people are drug offenders
1/3 of those people went to probation
Later that year, 1,195,714 are imprisoned.
21% of those people are drug offenders
DRUG LAWS ARE NOT
Officers claim that 60% to 80% of crime stems from substance abuse.
The correlation of misbehavior of youths and substance use is equally
STRICT DRUG LAWS
81% of child maltreatment cases were related to substance
The NCASA at Columbia University estimates 7 in 10 cases
of child abuse correlate to illegal drug abuse.
Drugs drive crime
“Looking only at crime and drugs, it is apparent that drugs
drive crime.” - James R. McDonough
THINK ABOUT IT
“While it is true that no trafficers, dealers or manufacturers
of drugs would be arrested if all drugs were legal, the same
could be said of drunk drivers if drunken driving were
“Responsible Marijuana Use Should Be Legal”. Keith Stroup.
Contemporary Issues Companion: Marijuana. Ed. Louise I.
Gerdes. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2002.