Did you know that a presidential commission determined that marijuana is neither an addicitve substance nor a "stepping stone" to harder drugs ... only to have President Nixon shelve the embarrassing final report and continue the government's policy of inflated drug addiction statistics? Did you know that several medical experts agree that "cold turkey" methods of withdrawal are essentially ineffective and recommend simply prescribing drugs to addicts ... and that communities in which this has been done report lower crime rates and reduced unemployment among addicts as a result?
Whether he's writing about the American government's strong-arm tactics toward critics of its drug policy or the reduction of countries like Colombia and Mexico to anarchic killing zones by powerful cartels, Mike Gray's analysis has an immediacy and a clarity worth noting. The passage of "medical marijuana" bills in California and Arizona (where the bill passed by a nearly 2-to-1 majority) indicates that people are getting fed up with the government's Prohibition-style tactics toward drugs. Drug Crazy just might speed that process along. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
While the book itself was very good, I have to say I am extremely disappointed in the high price of the Kindle edition considering the fact that it was rife with typos, and the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must read. The drug war is a dismal failure. The country is awash in drugs. They are cheaper, more accessible and of higher quality than everPublished 6 months ago by ASdam Langsam
Excellent Book !!!! I purchased this for a class and i received an excellent price.the book was great, i can say i really learned from this book.Published 8 months ago by pixie
Haven't quite finished it but gives a comprehensive look at the idiocy that got us there and some solutions to get us out!Published 13 months ago by jsly58
This book was great and absorbing from the very beginning-- and I was so pulled in by the first page that I was able to look past the ACLU endorsement (which is surely a turn off). Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by Lemas Mitchell
My husband got me this book for Christmas, I finished it last night. What a great book! The author is very down to earth, he presents the statistics in such a manner that anyone... Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I read this book last semester for a Criminal Justice class and it is amazing. It opened my eyes to exactly how wrong the war on drugs is. This book is my #1 recommended book. Read morePublished on April 6, 2008 by C. Olguin
Q: What is the difference between the Prohibition and America's war on drugs? Mike Gray's overall answer is "very little," but the one glaring difference is that when Prohibition... Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by Cecil Bothwell
When it became clear that the medicines called opiates were highly addictive and caused health problems, they were dealt with as nicotine and alcohol are dealt with today. Read morePublished on January 13, 2007 by Thomas Sefton