The drugs I am mainly referring to- Marijuana- Schedule 1 substance Heroin- Schedule 1 substance Cocaine/crack- Schedule 2 substance Methamphetamine- Schedule 2 substance Psilocybin Mushrooms- Schedule 1 substance LSD- Schedule 3 substance Rewind. 1971. Some of you were around when Nixon declared "The War On Drugs", and anyone reading this will be able to tell their grandchildren they were alive during one of the most failed, costly (both monetarily and loss of life), and prolonged policies implemented by the United States Government. The war on drugs has essentially become a policy that is fighting crime which is the direct result of the war on drugs. And it isnt just inside the USA. Mexico as of late has been seeing major loss of life as a result of the crime that accompanies the drug black market (drug cartels). In 2006 over 800,000 people were jailed as a result of drug offenses in the United States. 86% of those drug offenses were simple, non-violent, possession charges. Over 500,000 people sit in jail right now as a result of non-violent drug offenses. Many people argue against legalizing these drugs saying "I don't want a meth head living next door to me." -Cue irony- By that logic, you already do. And they are probably cooking, (producing), meth as well. Drugs today are THAT easy to get, and this while they are schedule 1, 2, and 3, controlled substances according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. So by legalizing said drugs, youre not increasing demand, or the amount of people who are going to try said drugs, but instead you are removing the black market that the "War On Drugs" has created. You remove the production and distribution of drugs off the street, and related crime leaves with it, and now said drugs can be taxed by the government/local government. That means the meth head next door may still be a meth head, but now he is not cooking it in his house and selling it. "I am being protected from myself, rather than from my next door neighbor." What business does any government have dictating what you can and can not put inside your own body. By legalizing drugs, you are now making it legal to possess, and consume, said drugs. BUT, much like laws pertaining to alcohol intoxication, you are NOT making it legal to be intoxicated publicly, drive while intoxicated etc. The only law you are changing is the law that says you cannot carry this substance, and you cannot put it in your body. Also, a better education program about the effects of said drug, both positive and negative, short-term and long-term, should be implemented at high-school age, so that once an adult, said persons can make the educated decision on their own of whether or not they want to use any drug. This instead of the current "D.A.R.E." Program which basically says what the anti drug/cigarrette adverts say. "Just say no." The same logic pertains to prostitution. By legalizing this you rid communities of the black market that surrounds it. Now you have known "whore houses", that do business just like any other business. The government can tax the profits, the employees get health benefits, background checks, now they are all of "legal age", tested for diseases, safe sex procedures are used, and best of all, its off the street. Your thoughts?