Laws such as the consequences of drug dealing on poor neighborhoods, issues evolved from prison overcrowding, the erosion of individual rights, the propensity for corruption within law enforcement, the associated problems regarding alcohol and tobacco, and the refusal of the federal government to fund the effective needle exchange programs. Since this article was written, lawmakers have shown little interest in alleviating the harm that current drug laws create. This discussion examines the arguments for the decriminalization of drugs and the detriment to society that has been allowed to continue by those of conservative political leanings. The evidence suggests that Shenk’s position paper has generally lacked the desired effectiveness in converting the conservatives’ view that moral laws be enacted no matter the human cost.Ultimately drug policy does come down to tradeoffs according to Shenk and others of like mind on the subject. The simple truth is that people are tempted by intoxicants. And, in a free society like ours, the rights of life and liberty will always be accompanied by people pursuing stiff drinks, or lines of cocaine, or marijuana cigarettes. Now we know that the enormous efforts in law enforcement have yielded few benefits in curbing drug abuse and are a paltry disincentive for many drug users and would-be drug users. The prohibition experiment has failed.America’s war against recreational drugs is an example of good intentions gone terribly wrong. While this country squanders over $50 billion dollars annually on the efforts to stop illegal drugs, trafficking, and use continue. It has been said that trying to stop drugs is like trying to stop the rain. Over half of the prisoners in jail are there for drug ‘crimes.’ This causes overcrowding which results in the early release of dangerous, violent criminals. This creates more of a public safety problem than does drug use. It is illogical from a societal view.