Argument: Legalizing marijuana will not decrease crimes committed to buy drug

Issue Report: Legalization of Marijuana


  • “Why Cannabis Must Remain Illegal”. Drug Watch International. January 12, 2002 – “The argument that legalisation will mean that addicts will no longer have to commit crimes in order to obtain money for drugs was put to the test in the 1960’s in Sweden. During that time the Swedish Government decided to “medicalise” their drug problem. However, an evaluation of the legal prescription of narcotics in Sweden demonstrated that criminality increased despite the fact that narcotics (i.e. cannabis) were then freely available. Similarly, The Netherlands gained the reputation of the crime capital of Europe in 1990.”