The Case For Legalizing DrugsBook - 1991
On the 75th anniversary of the Harrison Narcotic Act that unleashed the federal anti-drug crusade, historian Richard Lawrence Miller explores the origins, purposes, and effects of America's drug war. Thoroughly documented, the book assembles diverse findings by chemists, biologists, pharmacologists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, prosecutors, police officers, and drug users themselves. The resulting mosaic argues that most problems associated with illicit drugs are caused by laws restricting them. This book is a realistic appraisal of the legalization option, vital to anyone concerned about illicit drugs, public policy, and democracy. Despite the ineffectiveness and counter-productivity of anti-drug laws, enthusiasm grows for them. Laws that fail to eliminate drugs may nonetheless achieve hidden goals. Miller illuminates those goals and asks whether they are wise.
Publisher: New York : Praeger, 1991.
Characteristics: xi, 247 p. ;,24 cm.