Sample Paper on Legalizing Recreational Drugs

Legalizing Recreational Drugs

These drugs are used for fun and need to be legalised by the government. Recreation drugs should be legalized to ensure that people access it from authorized dealers. Thus, the drug will be used and applied in the right manner by individuals who wish to do so. Though these drugs may have some negative effect to the population, they should be legalized. Management of trade associated with the supply and sale of these drugs will be raised a notch higher with legalization.

Key Concepts:

  1. Recreational drugs
  2. Medical marijuana laws
  3. Legalization
  4. Prohibition

Information Sources

Information was obtained from different sources. Evidence gathered supported the use of recreation drug in the public rather than in secluded places or hideout. Thus, legalizing these drugs will have a positive effect on the way people behave and react towards various substances.

Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use

Government policies established in controlling the use of drugs such as marijuana are considered to be ineffective. This is because prohibited drugs are sold in secret hence denying the government its due revenues. The underground economy exchanges over £1bn. This money goes into the pocket of few individuals and cartels. Some of the cartels utilize the funds to finance illegal activities such as crime and robbery.

Research Study

Anderson, D. M., Benjamin Hansen, and Daniel Rees. “Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 33.1 (2014): 221- 232. Print.

            According to the Anderson, Hansen, and Rees, control of illegal drugs by people under the age of twenty years is a difficult task (Anderson, Hansen, and Rees 230).

  • Consumption of these drugs happens in places that are unhygienic culminating from legal control. Thus, legalizing will do them a great favor in the sense that they will guzzle it in public.
  • These laws should be amended so that businesses are conducted in a manner that government collects taxes from dealers.
  • The population is deemed to benefits from the activities when legalised drugs are sold in the market as required by the law.

Case Study

A research conducted by the British Crime Survey indicated that more youths are dying from the consumption of prohibited drugs than legal drugs. The statistics stands at 45% for the cases of prohibited drug abuse reported compared to 9% of legal drug abuse accounted for.

  • This shows that prohibition fails to deliver the intended purpose.
  • The youths have increased in abuse of illegal drugs in the United States.
  • Cartels lure the young people to engage in these activities so that they can make money to finance their activities.

Appeal to Authority

Therefore, I am appealing to the authority to allow the handling and selling of recreation drugs and classifies them as legal drugs.

  • Deregulation will eliminate cases of excessive use and misuse of such drugs.
  • In addition, taxes collected from these activities will be utilized in the control programs to minimize usage.
  • Monitoring and supervision work and costs hitherto will reduce upon deregulation hence the government will save a lot of money. This money can be channeled into productive projects.
  • Programs to teach the youth and educate them about the negative effects of drug abuse will bear fruits.


Some of the evidence is derived through observation. My friend who uses these drugs in closed door narrates good stories about the product. However, they must hide because of laws prohibiting its consumption. They do this to avoid being caught by the police. In most cases, regulated products are taken without emphasizing in the necessary precaution.

  • Behavioral change intensifies with increased regulation.
  • I know of few people who have used marijuana for a period of twenty years with no healthy complications
  • If the drug is applicable in medical fields then it is harmless to human body.
  • Children need protection from cartels who may take advantage of their innocence to introduce them into drugs.


Legalizing the drugs has more advantages than categorizing the drug as being illegal due to the following reasons:

  • The war that happens against illegal substances increases the number of addicts. This is because human beings tend to go against the law and do the opposite of what is right (Lynne-Landsman, Livingston, and Wagenaar1502).
  • Making the drug available in legal market subjects the trade to forces of demand and supply.
  • Crime will reduce significantly because all the activities will be carried out in the full glare of the public.
  • It will give a chance to perform audit of the sources and supply activities.


In consideration to the health issues, drugs suppliers must provide a favorable environment where consumers will enjoy or advance their recreation activities. The analogy is a fare description of the advantages accrued to legal businesses.

Personal Observation

My personal view is that supplying the drugs through the normal process benefits the society in a number of ways as follows:

  • Encourage withdrawal services while supporting addicts who get trapped and unable to end the habit.
  • Security enhancement through reduced crime by drug dealers.
  • Consumers access the right quality, an action that reduces chances of health complications.
  • Social responsibility initiatives where money derived from these activities is applied in social development projects.

Recreational Drugs

Reid, Malcolm J., Lisa Derry, and Kevin V. Thomas. “Analysis of new classes of recreational drugs in sewage: Synthetic cannabinoids and amphetamine-like substances.” Drug Test. Analysis 6.1-2 (2013): 72-79. Print.

            Having a good place to take drug is paramount to the users because it eliminates contamination of diseases. Thus, the equipments used should be clean and sterilized to enhance safety. Cannabis sativa affects the functioning of human minds and sensory glands (Reid, Derry, and Thomas 75).There were times I had to make critical decision in regards to each of these evidence provided.

Research Study

I have conducted research on the effectiveness of policies that government imposes on illegal drugs. People consume these drugs widely. An example involves one of my neighbors at home, who have used marijuana for twenty years. The police have never arrested him.

  • He has never been caught on the wrong side of the law hence a good citizens.
  • Recreational drugs do not cause impotence in human. My neighbor is a family man.
  • Marijuana is readily available hence denotes existence of cartels in this line of business.
  • The neighbor rarely engages in conflict with people.

Case Study

I have also interviewed some of my friends at school and they had the same view concerning the regulation issues. Two of them used marijuana and their experiences reflecting the words and views of my neighbor. Some of the experiences outlined by these individual include:

  • pleasures from consumption hence relax their minds
  • I could not engage in the act because I was conservative in exploring the unknown.

Appeal to Authority

Information derived from users portrays similar experiences and government harassment towards drug dealers. However, these policies increase cases of corruption as victims bribe their way out of courts or jail.

  • Authority to give space for recreational activities defined by the consumption of the drugs.
  • Increased regulation in the planting and farming of illegal drugs.
  • Legalize the handling of marijuana and other drugs to reduce harassment.
  • Register dealers to ensure that they supply quality products.


The article analyzes the economic welfare surrounding trade in the underground economy. This is because children and other teenagers are involved in the supply and transportation of drugs. They are used by adults to supply and make delivery an action that is oppressive and illegal. If deregulation is effected, the number of children involved in these activities will go down (Wall, Poh, Cerdá, Keyes, Galea, and Hasin 715).


            Prohibition in use of certain goods in certain region is considered to be an unfair in regulating their consumption. Therefore, the best way to deal with the situation is to create policies that allow traders to regulate themselves by conducting their businesses in a legal manner. Thus, prohibitions have the following negative effects:

  • Low income amongst traders as well as the government
  • Uncontrollable illegal business activities in the country
  • Increased crime rates as children and underage teenagers indulge in trafficking activities.


My thoughts are that I am supporting this initiative because it creates business opportunities to traders. On the other hand, my decision may have been influenced by the following issues:

  • Government need to control underground business
  • Improved ways of dealing and controlling bhang and cocaine by regulating its consumptions amongst teenagers.
  • Drug addicts are considered criminals hence mistreated by the administration body.

Personal Observation

At this point, I believe that deregulation is best suited for illegal substances used for recreational purposes. There are many benefits derived from these activities. On the contrary, supervision roles still remain a government role. This is because traders may intend or engage in extreme measures that will see excessive sale of these drugs to minors. On the other hand, schools and institutions of learning should be protected and treated as restricted areas for the sale of drugs.


In conclusion, there are many fallacies about recreational substances. The fallacy about bhang is that it interferes with the brain. Thus, it renders the abuser aggressive. This means that users are more likely to find themselves in a conflict. This is only a fallacy because some of the people I held this discussion with, outlined that the stereotype intend to discriminate against them. They are treated with suspicion and isolation by other members in the community.

For recreation purposes, these people should be allowed to enjoy their favorite products.  To an extreme end, police and other authorized agents exhorts money from the dealers in a corrupt way to allow them conduct their businesses. This lead to exploitation and mismanagement of security issues in the country. Countries that have legalized the use of marijuana see the decrease of the population demanding the products. In addition, controlling the supply of bhang through market forces reduces its demand in the country.



Works Cited

Anderson, D. M., Benjamin Hansen, and Daniel Rees. “Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 33.1 (2014): 221- 232. Print.

Lynne-Landsman, Sarah D., Melvin D. Livingston, and Alexander C. Wagenaar. “Effects of State Medical Marijuana Laws on Adolescent Marijuana Use.” Am J Public Health103.8 (2013): 1500-1506. Print.

Reid, Malcolm J., Lisa Derry, and Kevin V. Thomas. “Analysis of new classes of recreational drugs in sewage: Synthetic cannabinoids and amphetamine-like substances.” Drug Test. Analysis 6.1-2 (2013): 72-79. Print.

Wall, Melanie M., Ernest Poh, Magdalena Cerdá, Katherine M. Keyes, Sandro Galea, and Deborah S. Hasin. “Adolescent Marijuana Use from 2002 to 2008: Higher in States with Medical Marijuana Laws, Cause Still Unclear.” Annals of Epidemiology 21.9 (2011): 714-716. Print.