Libertarians are in favor of legalizing drugs for a number of reasons. The most significant reason has to do with the principle of ˘non-initiative of force÷ (Coker-Garcia, 1997, 1). Libertarians believe that no crime is committed when there is no use of force, threat of force, or fraud. As such, they argue that consensual activities like drug possession and drug use are not crimes. Libertarians believe such a consensual activity is victimless. Therefore drug possession and drug use is viewed as an individual right, ˘individuals have the freedom to live their lives as they see fit as long as they donĂt harm anyone else÷ (Coker-Garcia 1997, 1).
Libertarians are also in favor of legalizing drug possession and drug use because they believe that far from being an effective method of curtailing such activity, the War on Drugs is highly ineffective. Libertarians maintain that the War on Drugs costs society billions of dollars in valuable resources and is responsible for the imprisonment of millions of non-criminal Americans. Such resources divert law enforcement authorities away from real criminal act