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Just over ten years ago, Regnalia, a developed, financially secure, and liberal-minded country, implemented controversial legislation, despite pleas by neighboring nations, allowing the use, sale, and ownership of certain recreational drugs in accordance with various restrictions. Although the passing of the new laws resulted in Regnalia's gradual transformation into an international trading hub for illegal merchandise and services, the country reports drastic drops in the incidents of crime and drug abuse by its youths.
Which of the following, if true, best resolves the above paradox?
This answer choice simply means that the laws were created democratically and gradually. However, this fact alone cannot resolve the paradox of why less youths are involved in crime despite the illegal activity in the country.
This answer choice eliminates a perceived relationship between one's family background and one's life choices. However, the paradox in the argument rests on a different relationship - that between Regnalia's laws and the behavior of youth.
This answer choice means that the police in Regnalia has enough power to enforce the law and catch criminals. However, in the last premise we are told the number of youths arrested dropped. Hence, this answer choice emphasizes the paradox - if the drop in youth arrests cannot be explained by a dysfunctional police force, what is it then?
This answer choice emphasizes the paradox by describing how Regnalia's crime tempts youths. Regnalia is now an attraction to thrill-seeking youths; we would expect more young people, not less, to commit crimes and abuse drugs.
This answer choice depicts the situation of a country other than Regnalia where, because all drugs are illegal, only criminals deal with them. Since youths want to buy drugs, they are forced into positions where they have to interact with such criminals.
This scenario suggests that Regnalia's position is in fact the opposite since to get hold of such substances, the youths would not have to make contact with criminals. This explains why in spite of the rising illegal activity, less youths are involved in it.