Drug Trafficing in America: Legaliing Marijuana to Control Crowded Prision Systems

Drug Trafficking in America: Legalizing Marijuana to Control Crowded Prison Systems
Bonnie Forward
ENG 122
Prof. Candy Henry
July 2, 2012

Drug Trafficking in America: Legalizing Marijuana to Control Crowded Prison Systems
Drug trafficking has become a huge problem in the United States (U.S.) and Mexico, in particular, and affects many people in different aspects.   The U.S. has the most profitable illegal drug market in the world, attracting the most merciless, sophisticated, and violent drug traffickers (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, 2004, May).   Our drug law enforcement agencies face a huge task everyday guarding the country’s boundaries against cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA which is commonly referred to as ecstasy, marijuana, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), PCP (phencyclidine), rohypnol, GHB/GBL (gamma hydroxybutyrate/gamma butyrolactone), and steroids trafficking (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, 2004, May).
Out of all the illegal drugs in the U.S., marijuana is the most readily obtainable and commonly abused illegal drug.   According to an article in The Daily Caller by Kristin Davis, former New York Gubernatorial Candidate, it is estimated that currently over 25 million people use marijuana (2010, Oct 4, para. 2).   Davis states, “There is one fact that Americans, and New Yorkers, must face (as it slaps us in the face): Prohibition hasn’t stopped the use and domestic production of marijuana,” (para. 2).   Assuming millions of people use marijuana every day putting an excise tax on it would generate billions of dollars every year, just in New York alone.   According to the article, which calls New York City the “marijuana arrest capital of the world” (para. 7), 10% of the city’s budget for law enforcement is spent enforcing marijuana laws, although there is very little data on how much is spent on housing inmates who have been incarcerated for possession (dailycaller.com).
An article in the Daily Sundial states, “Additionally, our country as a...