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NCJ Number: 127678 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Legalization Debate
Editor(s): J A Inciardi
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 230
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN O-8039-3678-8
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: There are many sides to the issue of drug legalization and the variety of policy alternatives are expressed in nine essays on the subject.
Abstract: Intimidating for the war on drugs has been the fact that in recent years worldwide production of both marijuana and opium has increased. To this can be added the problem that many countries seem to be unable, or unwilling, to take a stand against major drug traffickers. It is within the context of these problems and concerns that the debate over the legalization of drugs emerged in 1988. When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of the drug legalization strategy with those of current drug policies, evidence suggests that legalization may be the strategy for tackling the drug problem. However, the argument for drug legalization is highly questionable in its historical, sociocultural, and empirical underpinnings. Concrete and specific recommendations for drug legalization are discussed, along with the legalization of two specific drugs -- marijuana and MDMA. The public health alternative is emphasized in reducing drug abuse, and a discussion takes place on the different drug policies in Britain and the United States over the years. Finally, the tobacco and alcohol industries are chastised for their involvement in the drug industry. Index (For individual papers, see NCJ-127679-127687)
Main Term(s): Drug legalization
Index Term(s): Decriminalization; Drug laws; Drug regulation
Note: Studies in Crime, Law and Justice, Volume 7
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