Legalize This! / Edition 1

Legalize This! / Edition 1

by Douglas N. Husak
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859843204

ISBN-13: 2901859843207

Pub. Date: 08/17/2002

Publisher: Verso Books

There are currently nearly half a million drug offenders incarcerated in US jails, more than the entire EU prison population. Added to the financial consequences of current drug policy there is the enormous human cost. Police corruption, organized crime, contempt for the law and drugs made dangerous because they are illegal and thus not subject to proper controls are…  See more details below

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There are currently nearly half a million drug offenders incarcerated in US jails, more than the entire EU prison population. Added to the financial consequences of current drug policy there is the enormous human cost. Police corruption, organized crime, contempt for the law and drugs made dangerous because they are illegal and thus not subject to proper controls are other consequences of current drug policies. Politicians from all sides of the political spectrum are now beginning to ask: is it worth it? In this trenchantly argued book both students and the general public will find a clear statement of the case for the decriminalization of recreational drugs. For instance, more than half of high school seniors take drugs, yet the US is not overrun with drug-crazed addicts. Indeed, psychological tests show that adults who have experimented with drugs but are not addicts are better adjusted than either abstainers or heavy users. Horror stories of the dangers of drug use abound, but the truth is more prosaic; although recreational drugs are sometimes bad for users, there are between 80 and 90 million US citizens who have used illicit drugs without ill effects.

About the Practical Ethics Series: Providing clear analysis of a number of central moral issues and written by experts, the titles in Verso's new Practical Ethics Series will appeal to the student while being lively and topical enough to make them attractive to a wide general public.

Author Biography: Douglas Husak is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of Drugs and Rights and Philosophy of Criminal Law. Colin McGinn, editor of the series, is professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and the author of numerous books on philosophy, logic and ethics. His book Logical Properties was published in 2001.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901859843207
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
08/17/2002
Series:
Practical Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Editor's Introducton
Introduction1
1Understanding Drug Policy3
Conflicting Anecdotes3
Asking the Right Question10
A Few Bad Answers19
The Concept of a Drug27
Drug Policy Preliminaries33
Punishment as Policy44
The Right Answer: Decriminalization of Drug Use48
2Reasons for Criminalizing Drug Use64
Possible Good Answers64
Drugs and Children67
Drugs and Crime82
Drugs and Health93
Drugs and Immorality109
3Disadvantages of Prohibition125
Positive Effects of Drugs125
Negative Effects of Prohibition133
The World of Decriminalized Drugs151
Harms Versus Benefits165
Getting There178
Notes191
Index194

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