In recent years, there has been a move in the opposite direction of the tradition zero tolerance method of drug control favored by law enforcement. Many states have passed laws making certain amounts of drugs punishable only by a monetary fine. This is referred to as decriminalization. the origins of these state decriminalization statutes originated from the petitions of concerned citizens. One single person can set the stage for the “snowball effect” of encouraging legislation to listen to their views of laws.
Do you believe that pressure from society to decriminalize certain possession of drug charges (because of society’s changing views on what should and should not be considered a criminal act) led to these policy changes? Or do you believe that the motivation behind decriminalization of certain possession of drug charges is due to an overcrowded correctional system? Do you see the United States ever adopting a national decriminalization of all drugs, as many countries already have? Why or why not?