Third, the legalization of marijuana is a philosophical issue.

25 James Q. Wilson,
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I support those who refuse legalization of hard drugs.

Once these misconceptions are removed, it is obvious that the legalization of marijuana poses less of a risk compared to already socially acceptable legal drugs, like alcohol and tobacco, and will not cause the downfall of society as many fear....

The debate over the legalization of drugs continues to disturb the American public.
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Today I am going to discuss the legalization of marijuana in Brazil.

Although it appears that legalization of all drugs on the market seems like a valid movement, in reality, all hard drugs such as cocaine and prescription pills should remain illegal because they are detrimental to society and have a tend for users to develop a physical dependency on these drugs....

36 Peter B. Bensinger, "Arguments Against LegalizingDrugs," Drug Abuse Update,
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The use of drugs has created crime among the dealers of illegal substances in many forms, the classification of that substance determines the level of the crime, and with different charges the legal system acts accordingly.

38 James Q. Wilson, "Against the Legalization ofDrugs," Commentary, February 1990.
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Does Legalizing Marijuana Lead to More Addiction?

As discussed at length in Chapter One, addiction rates wouldskyrocket. This fact is almost indisputable, and even theLibertarian supporters of drug legalization admit that "lowprices would encourage use."30 History is very clear on thispoint as well---once cocaine began being marketed in the highpotency/low cost form of crack, addiction rates did increase.31And when addiction rates increase, so does purchase-relatedcrime. As Elliott Currie explains, "[h]igher levels of druguse do go hand in hand with increased crime, especiallyproperty crime."32

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As with purchase-related crime, the price of drugs is notdirectly relevant in determining the amount of drug-inducedcrime, except to the extent that the price affects the number ofaddicts. Undoubtedly, drug-induced crime is a significantproblem, One conservative estimate based upon the Bureau ofJustice Statistics study suggests that with regard to local jailinmates, 15.4% of such inmates tested positive for illegal drugsand an additional 12.1 % tested positive for a combination ofillegal drugs and alcohol.35 Another study conducted by theNational Institute of Justice in 1986 found that for twelve majormetropolitan areas, 70% of inmates tested positive for illegaldrugs.36 The N.I.J. study concluded that "[these offendersdid not commit crimes simply to feed their habits. Drugs changedtheir behavior, enabled and encouraged them to act violently andirrationally."37

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Again, these results are unsurprising. Drugs such as crackencourage hyperactive violence.38 If you legalize such drugs andthe addiction rate increases, you will have more people walkingaround more often under its influence. It simply is untenable tosuggest that policies such as legalization that increaseaddiction rates could do anything but increase the frequency ofdrug-induced crime.

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For ease of discussion, this author will refer to the crimecaused by people to pay for their habits as"purchase-related," the crime caused by people whileunder the influence of drugs as "drug-induced," and thecrime caused by organized criminal suppliers of drugs as"black market crime." Let us discuss each in turn.