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NCJ Number: 135852 Find in a Library
Title: What If Controlled Drugs Were Made Legally Available?
Corporate Author: Maryland Governor's Executive Advisory Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: Maryland Governor's Executive Advisory Council
Baltimore, MD 21201
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Maryland Governor's Executive Advisory Committee studied the issue of decriminalization or legalization of illicit drugs.
Abstract: This pamphlet analyzes the possibility of legalization in terms of its impact on law enforcement, incidence of drug abuse, and social economic costs. The pamphlet also describes the effects of the various classes of illicit drugs including stimulants, cannabis, depressants, narcotics, and hallucinogens. The Council concludes that the State and the country cannot afford the consequences of decriminalization or legalization of illicit drugs because the government has a responsibility to protect its citizens from dangers that threaten the fabric of society. Current efforts directed at treatment, rehabilitation, and education should continue to be emphasized and integrated into an overall effort to reduce and eliminate illicit drug demand. Strong law enforcement efforts must also be a component of this campaign.
Main Term(s): Drug legalization
Index Term(s): Drug effects; Drug prevention programs; Maryland
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