Essay on Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1560 Words Mar 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Today in the United States, the incarceration rates have reached concerning heights. The biggest portion of those incarcerated has something to do with narcotics, whether it is selling, possessing, or under the influence of them. The growing rate of incarcerations due to narcotics has gotten some individuals debating. Debates have begun over whether narcotics should be legalized. Proponents for legalizing narcotics have two strong arguments for why this should be the case. The first argument is that the narcotics should be included in our conception of what is the “good life”. The second argument is that legalizing narcotics will give individuals more autonomy. On the opposite side of the debate, the opposing side also has two strong arguments against legalizing narcotics. Their first argument is that individuals who partake in recreational drug use are factually wrong about the repercussions of their actions. Their second argument is that individuals lose their autonomy when using recreational drugs. In this essay, both sides’ arguments will be analyzed to see which side has the stronger argument. We will first start by analyzing the proponents’ first argument. Their first argument was that narcotics should be incorporated in our conception of the “good life”. Before we begin analyzing we must tailor a definition of what the conception of a “good life” is. In Douglas Husak’s essay, Liberal Neutrality, Autonomy, and Drug Prohibitions, he helps define what the conception of…

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