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Drugs: Should We Legalize, Decriminalize or Deregulate? (Contemporary Issues)

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ISBN-13: 978-1573921961
ISBN-10: 1573921963
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"Excellent selection, raising many challenging questions for all sides." -- Future Survey, February 2000

About the Author

Jeffrey A. Schaler (Silver Spring, MD) is currently on the faculty of American University's School of Public Affairs; Johns Hopkins University, and the Institute for Human Studies at George Mason University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Issues
  • Paperback: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573921963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573921961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Jeffrey Schaler edits a collection of public policy wonk/highbrow academic articles on an contentious and important subject: the war on drugs. What most impressed me about this book was Dr. Schaler's well-balanced approach to article inclusion. While he makes no secret of his own views on the subject (Schaler is emphatically against the war on drugs), he offers several strong pieces on the other side of the issue as well.
This book may not be easy to get into for someone not accustomed to the Public Policy academic cadence, but in my opinion the material is worth the extra effort to anyone concerned about the efficacy of the current war on drugs.
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I can't believe that no one has reviewed this excellent book yet. This book is a collection of essays exploring the pros and cons of legalization. The first half features essays by those who are against legalization. Afterwards, there is a section on medical marijuana. The last part of the book is essays opposing drug prohibition, featuring such authors as Thomas Szasz, Milton Friedman, and Bruce Alexander. Read this book and decide for yourself if drug legalization is necessary, or if it would be a catastrophe.
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The issue of marijuana decriminalization is a public policy issue that will certainly be the hot button issue in the coming days especially when California is holding a referendum in November. We will see how the people will decide. This book offers a good take.
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