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NCJ Number: 136422 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Legalization: Cost Effective and Morally Permissible
Journal: Boston College Law Review  Volume:32  Issue:3  Dated:(May 1991)  Pages:575-627
Author(s): D Elkins
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 53
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While advocates of continued criminalization of illicit drugs point to statistics indicating a downward trend in drug use, the government's drug policies will never eradicate drug use in the U.S.
Abstract: There are several reasons for this: legal deterrents are ineffective against addicted users, the increase in the price of drugs due to effective enforcement has but a slight effect on addicted users, and there are simply insufficient resources with which to battle drug dealers and traffickers. But drug enforcement profoundly affects the criminal justice system by filling the courts and the prisons. This article addresses some of the practice consequences of legalizing drug use by discussing the relationships between drug use, crime and violence, death, and addiction. Three prominent ethical theories relating to the morality, immorality, or amorality of drug legalization are analyzed. The author concludes that drug legalization is a pragmatic and morally defensible approach to the drug problem. 385 notes
Main Term(s): Drug legalization
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement
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