Legalizing and controlling victimless crimes may have crucial benefits to the government as well as a state. Therefore, I fully support the initiative due to various facts such as the government usually uses a lot of resources in prosecuting as well as keeping these people jails. The government spends resources in fighting all drug traffickers (Inderbitzin, Bates, & Gainey, 2013). It is evident in many prisons across the globe that are filled with majority drug sellers, drug users, prostitutes and even gamblers, hence overcrowding the prisons. Additionally, through controlling these issues, the government will be in a position to levy all these people since they usually get some cash, which is unaccounted for. Some of the drugs prohibited such as marijuana is also used for medication purposes, thereby, the need to legalize and control it.
The law enforcement units and courts should not use pursue such people since every individual is answerable for his or her behavior. Moreover, such actions do not harm economic, social and even political fields and thus should not be considered as crimes. For instance, prostitution is essentially based on mutual agreement between adults; hence it is not a crime. The resources used to go after such people should be channeled into other lucrative projects.
Some of the drawbacks of legalizing these victimless crimes may include the fact that drug trafficking will definitely increase and thus prompting people of young people to consume it. This would lead to drug abuse among the young at a tender age. Some of the crimes such as prostitution may trigger immorality among the young people as many school children may indulge themselves into such activities (Inderbitzin, Bates, & Gainey, 2013). The rate of HIV among the youth may increase since most of them are not aware of this disease as supposed to be.
Inderbitzin, M. L., Bates, K. A., & Gainey, R. R. (2013). Deviance and social control: A sociological perspective. Los Angeles: SAGE.