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Undoing Drugs: Beyond Legalization

Undoing Drugs: Beyond Legalization

by Daniel K. Benjamin, Roger LeRoy Miller

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Unlike Vincent Bugliosi's Drugs in America ( LJ 8/91), which included legalization as one part of a whole drug plan, Benjamin and Miller, college professors viewing the drug problem from economic and historic perspectives, focus totally on the benefits of a limited form of legalization. The use of psychoactive substances has been ``a fact of life'' throughout history and, as Prohibition showed, attempts to ban all use will fail. To ease the problem, if not solve it, the authors propose a ``Constitutional Alternative'' to send all power to control the sale, manufacture, and distribution of psychoactive drugs back to the states. They convincingly show how giving states the same powers with drugs that they have with alcohol would lead to less crime and better public health. This is a novel proposal, one well worth consideration. Highly recommended for all libraries, even those purchasing Bugliosi's book, which this complements.-- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.

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