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The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War Paperback – May, 2004
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"[A] wide range of observers... provocative and... unexpected dissenters joining the chorus of voices critical of the drug war." -- Westword, Alan Prendergast, May 20, 2004
About the Author
Bill Masters has served as sheriff of San Miguel County, Colorado (county seat, Telluride), since 1980. He is the author of Drug War Addiction: Notes from the Front Lines of America's #1 Policy Disaster (2001).
He and his wife, a paramedic, have four children between them.
Masters moved to Telluride in 1974 to work at the ski resorts. He soon took a job as a deputy for the town marshal, then moved into the position of marshal. He was appointed sheriff and has been elected to the position since then.
In 1998, Masters left the Republican party and became the nation's first Libertarian sheriff. He emphasizes limited government and personal responsibility.
In addition to writing, speaking, and serving as his county's top-ranking law officer, Masters also runs a private security company.
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This book deals with the harm and political, economic and social consequences of drug prohibition and the so called 'War on Drugs' in America. What makes this collection of articles and essays particularly compelling is the different perspectives that the several authors bring into the discussion. Among the authors we have law enforcement officers, government officials, political, social and economic writers, medical professionals, philosophers, etc. This diversity of views and approaches helps a lot to understand the many aspects related to drug prohibition. It is also important to mention that several essays are very well documented, with extensive footnotes and references to studies, publications and other documents.
I will recommend this book to any person that wants to take a first approach to this subject and use it as a starting point for further research. This text will also appeal to civil liberties advocates concerned with the fact that such liberties are being eroded every day that current policies continue in place. One author even goes as far as saying that 'drug prohibition and criminalization is the biggest injustice in this country since slavery'. You might not agree with this conclusion, but after finishing this book, you will have trouble denying that the net result of the war on drugs is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a positive one.
I mean, come on, Jesse Ventura is prominently featured in it. Doesn't that say enough?