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Why drugs should be legalized

20 March 2012, 12:02 Joe Ndungú

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Everyone’s wish is to feel secure and security forms one of the fundamental human rights, by allowing free trade of drugs in our streets, more and more young people who would otherwise be criminals would get a chance to participate in the drug trade in a rightful manner, hence making our street free from idlers and also making our streets much safer.

Ever wondered the number of petty drug offenders locked up with hardcore criminals in our prisons? Well, the answer is simple, just make the drugs legal and our prisons will be decongested making the government to save more money and resources and channel them to other more important national issues.

Nowadays having a court case is a nightmare for most of us, the court system are all congested, a simple case can take up to four years to reach completion, majority of those cases are drug related, why should we be wasting all this resources fighting ‘drugs’ which otherwise can be of economical value to us? The courts should deal with more serious cases instead of wasting time and resources with drug cases.

Imagine a whole police unit just for fighting drugs? This is insanity of the highest order, criminals are busy terrorizing citizen while a whole police unit is busy chasing peaceful citizen who are having fun. I believe legalizing drugs would release the police unit to engage in a more noble cause of fighting criminals not chasing innocent citizens.

Make the drugs legal, tax it and that’s more revenue for the government, instead of using a lot of tax payer money fighting drugs, the government could as well generate more revenue from it

Something that is legal is safer and better, the government would have done consumers a big favour by legalizing the drugs because it will now be produced in a hygienic environment and all safety measures followed, this will protect consumers from consuming contaminated drugs.  Also most of the drug users consume the drugs in secluded area and have less access to items like syringe, this forces them to share and hence it increases the spread of HIV and AIDS.

By legalizing drugs the users would conduct their business in a free environment without fear of anything or anyone and also they would have enough access of syringes this will discourage the culture of sharing minimizing the spread of the deadly HIV.

When you are branded  a ‘criminal’   for sure you become one, drug users in this country for a long time have been called criminals and they now have formed organized ‘criminal’ gang to fight for their rights and in the process some have transformed into real criminal gangs.

Had they been allowed to carry their business in a free manner this could not have happened. But all is not lost, when the drugs are legalized, this ‘criminals’ would get something meaning full to engage in, something like being the retailer of the drugs, automatically this will cripple the organized crime.

Also regulated legal drug market will reduce drug sale and use by minors. Most of the illegal drugs are actually less harmful than most of legalized drugs like alcohol and cigarette, why should we have less harmful drugs criminalized?

Lastly it goes without question that drugs give us the much needed pleasure, criminalizing them will encourage law breaking as many people will use them in secret.

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