An Argument in Favor of Decriminalization
25 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2015
Date Written: 1990
This Article discusses the reasons why a policy of prohibition has not only failed to solve the drug abuse problem, but has made the problem worse. In response to such failings, this Article recommends, as an alternative to a drug-policy based on law enforcement, a measured and carefully implemented program of drug decriminalization based on the public health system. An alternate name for this policy is "medicalization."
Keywords: addiction, addicts, drugs, illegal behavior, criminal law, drug abuse, drug policies, law enforcement, medical care, medical treatment, public health, drug dealers, medicalization,
JEL Classification: I18, H51, H59, K14, K19, K39, K42, K49
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