The War on Drugs

Overview

The policies of the United States government regarding illegal drug use have created controversy for decades. Many Americans have long disagreed over the costs of illegal drug use, the best ways to combat its impact on society, and even whether the "war" is worth fighting anymore. This book provides historical context to the war on drugs and examines, among other related issues, three major sources of friction in the war: the disparity between criminal sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses, a topic ...

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Overview

The policies of the United States government regarding illegal drug use have created controversy for decades. Many Americans have long disagreed over the costs of illegal drug use, the best ways to combat its impact on society, and even whether the "war" is worth fighting anymore. This book provides historical context to the war on drugs and examines, among other related issues, three major sources of friction in the war: the disparity between criminal sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses, a topic which the U.S. Congress has examined in detail for years; the move toward the use of more drug courts instead of traditional courts; and the legalization of marijuana, a drug many people believe should be regulated like alcohol.

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis; appendices help students conduct legal research; and all sources are fully documented.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604137583
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Point/Counterpoint Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction

An Overview of the War on Drugs 11

Point

Drug Courts Reduce Crime, Cut Costs, and Save Lives 19

Counterpoint

Drug Courts Do Not Work and Create Problems 28

Point

The Sentencing Disparity Between Crack and Powder Cocaine Should Be Eliminated 38

Counterpoint

Crack Cocaine Offenses Should Be Punished at a Higher Rate 50

Point

Marijuana Should Be Legalized 60

Counterpoint

Marijuana Is a Harmful, Illegal, and Addictive Drug 70

Conclusion

The Future of the War on Drugs 80

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 85

Elements of the Argument 88

Notes 90

Resources 94

Picture Credits 99

Index 100

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