The Legalization of Drugs

The Legalization of Drugs

by Doug Husak, Peter de Marneffe, Douglas N. Husak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521837863

ISBN-13: 9780521837866

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the United States today, the use or possession of many drugs is a criminal offense. Can these criminal laws be justified? What are the best reasons to punish or not to punish drug users? These are the fundamental issues debated in this book by two prominent philosophers of law. Douglas Husak argues in favor of drug decriminalization by clarifying the meaning of…  See more details below

Overview

In the United States today, the use or possession of many drugs is a criminal offense. Can these criminal laws be justified? What are the best reasons to punish or not to punish drug users? These are the fundamental issues debated in this book by two prominent philosophers of law. Douglas Husak argues in favor of drug decriminalization by clarifying the meaning of crucial terms such as legalize, decriminalize, and drugs; and by identifying the standards by which alternative drug policies should be assessed. He critically examines the reasons typically offered in favor of the current approach and explains why decriminalization is preferable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521837866
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
For and Against Series
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

IFor drug legalization
1The meaning of drug decriminalization3
2How should we evaluate alternative drug policies?25
3Reasons to criminalize drug use41
4Reasons to decriminalize83
5Drug legalization : production and sale96
IIAgainst drug legalization
6An argument for drug prohibition109
7Drug prohibition and liberalism132
8Alcohol and other drugs171
9Epistemic concerns190

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