The Impact of Soft Drugs Legalization

In Romania soft drugs remain illegal as a measure to curbing soft drug trafficking, but currently there are endeavors to legalize soft drugs (Ioan 2010, Para. 4).Economists have opposed the prohibition of recreational drugs since the time America had prohibited alcohol consumption by a clause in the Constitution (McKenzie 1985, p. 210). Later by 1930, they revealed how expensive it was to enforce the laws against alcohol consumption, scholars opine that had they consulted economists they would have advised how difficult and expensive it was to enforce the law (Ioan 2010, para. 7). For example, Irving Fisher one of the United States of America’s greatest economists claimed that he could not find an economist to speak against the ban on alcohol consumption. The advice could have helped them not to make laws only because of morality but to consider other economic factors too Prohibition(Fisher 1930, p. 60). The same consideration should be taken into account with respect to other drugs.Initially, economists associated to the Chicago school of Economists who are liberals have advocated for the legalization of soft drugs consumption others did not support the legalization of the drug, but they changed stand after prohibition after observing that prohibition led to the following: corrupted morals of the law. undermined the respect of the law. and, failed to stop consumption of alcohol. (Friedman 1972, p. 82). The failure of the prohibition of alcohol to succeed implies that even the prohibition on soft drugs cannot succeed.Previous research on drug prohibition shows that, the prohibition led to shooting up of recreational drug prices, secondly, increased crime as consumers of drugs be regarded as criminals (Smith 1997, p. 35). Thirdly, overcrowding of prisons as more people got arrested and a backlog of cases in court as the arrested persons got prosecuted.