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Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical bibliographies and a list of organizations to contact are also included.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Is the Prohibition of Drugs Failing?
Overview: Is the War on Drugs Nearing an End? Matt Sledge 18
Yes: The Prohibition of Drugs Is Failing
The War on Drugs Is Not Working Doug Bandow 24
Prohibition of Marijuana Unnecessarily Criminalizes Young Minorities Harry Levine 31
No: The Prohibition of Drugs Is Not Failing
The Prohibition of Drugs Is Working and Should Continue John P. Walters 40
Drug Legalisation: An Evaluation of the Impacts on Global Society: Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. 44
Chapter 2 Is Drug Use Dangerous for Society?
Overview: Drug Use in the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 56
Yes: Drug Use Is Dangerous for Society
Marijuana Use Harms Health and Is Addictive: National Institute on Drug Abuse 60
Drug Use Negatively Impacts Health, Productivity, and Crime: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 65
No: Drug Use Is Not Dangerous for Society
Methamphetamine and Other Drugs Are Not as Dangerous as Alleged Carl Hart 72
Drug Prohibition Is More Dangerous than Decriminalization David Boaz 82
Chapter 3 Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Overview: For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Art Swift 88
Yes: Marijuana Should Be Legalized
The War on Marijuana Targets Individuals of Color: American Civil Liberties Union 91
Marijuana Should Be Legalized and Not Just Decriminalized Drug Policy Alliance 98
Medical Marijuana Should Be Legalized: Marijuana Policy Project 105
No: Marijuana Should Not Be Legalized
Marijuana Legalization Is a Bad Idea for the United States: Office of National Drug Control Policy 114
Medical Marijuana in Plant Form Should Not Be Legalized: Smart Approaches to Marijuana 122
Chapter 4 How Should US Drug Policy Be Reformed?
Overview: Public Opinion on Drug Policy: Pew Research Center 134
Have We Lost the War on Drugs? Gary S. Becker Kevin M. Murphy 137
Legalizing Drugs R.R. Renol 44
Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman Valerie Vande Panne 147
Heroin and Rational Choice Jonah Goldberg 156
There Is No Moral Justification for the Prohibition of Drugs Matthew Feeney 159
Drug Legalization Will Have Positive and Negative Consequences Jeffrey A. Miron 165
Organizations to Contact 169