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We're Losing the Drug War Considering Forbiddance Never Works

This further alienates him from the society which makes such laws which he feels are not relevant to him.

Carter argues that illegal drugs create an incentive for individual Americans to participate in the drug trade because of the money involved. He presents data based on unmentioned sources, but, again, the audience he addresses is so immersed in such statistics that few would likely question the statistics. He may be exaggerating, but there is no doubt in America that poor inner-city youths are tempted by drug money. He writes:

The money that can be made from an illegal product that has about 23 million current users in this country also explains why its sale is so attractive on the mean streets of America's big cities. A street salesman can gross about $2500 a day in Washington, which puts him in the category of a local television anchor, and this in a neighborhood of dead-end job chances (9-10).

Carter makes an effective argument based on the logical assumption that the legalization of drugs would reduce if not eliminate such an illegal job market because there would be far less financial incentive to deal drugs outside of the government-controlled operation. Again, the government operation would be able to offer drugs at prices far lower than the current illegal system. Carter is apparently assuming here that the government would outlaw illegal non-licensed drug-manufacturing and selling, just as is the case with alcohol today. he importance of this aspect of Carter's argument cannot be overestimated because it relates to the crime, especially the violent crime, which is engendered among suppliers, dealers and users of drugs. Elimination of the financial incentives of dealing drugs will eliminate much of the violent crime which is an expression of the competition for drug customers and territory among drug suppliers and dealers.

Carter tries to support his argument by illustrating another problem with intensifying the ...

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