Legalizing Drugs: Crime Stopper or Social Risk?

Legalizing Drugs: Crime Stopper or Social Risk?

by Margaret J. Goldstein

Hardcover(Library Binding)



This book looks at the history of drug laws in the United States, the modern-day War on Drugs, and the medical marijuana movement. It provides the opinions and perspectives of police officers, politicians, and the U.S. "drug czar."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761351160
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Series: USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Margaret J. Goldstein was born in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. She is an editor and the author of many books for young readers. She lives in Palm Springs, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Crime and Punishment 5

Chapter 1 A History of Drug Use and Abuse 11

Chapter 2 The War on Drugs 27

Chapter 3 A Lost Cause? 45

Chapter 4 A War Worth Fighting 65

Chapter 5 The Potential of Legalized Drugs 79

Chapter 6 The Risks of Legalized Drugs 101

Chapter 7 Is Marijuana Different? 113

Chapter 8 Voice of the People 133

Timeline 142

Glossary 144

Source Notes 145

Selected Bibliography 149

Organizations to Contact 150

Further Reading, Websites, and Films 153

Index 156

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