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Author Husak, Douglas N., 1948-

Title The legalization of drugs / Douglas Husak and Peter de Marneffe.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 204 pages).
Series For and against
For and against (Cambridge, England)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-200) and index.
Contents The meaning of drug decriminalization -- How should we evaluate alternative drug policies? -- Reasons to criminalize drug use -- Reasons to decriminalize -- Drug legalization : production and sale -- An argument for drug prohibition -- Drug prohibition and liberalism -- Alcohol and other drugs -- Epistemic concerns.
Summary In the United States today, the use or possession of many drugs is a criminal offense. Can these criminal laws be justified? What are the best reasons to punish or not to punish drug users? These are the fundamental issues debated in this book by two prominent philosophers of law. Douglas Husak argues in favor of drug decriminalization, by clarifying the meaning of crucial terms, such as legalize, decriminalize, and drugs; and by identifying the standards by which alternative drug policies should be assessed. He critically examines the reasons typically offered in favor of our current approach and explains why decriminalization is preferable. Peter de Marneffe argues against drug legalization, demonstrating why drug prohibition, especially the prohibition of heroin, is necessary to protect young people from self-destructive drug use. If the empirical assumptions of this argument are sound, he reasons, drug prohibition is perfectly compatible with our rights to liberty.
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Subject Drug legalization -- United States.
Drugs of abuse -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Criminal provisions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author De Marneffe, Peter, 1957-
Other Form: Print version: Husak, Douglas N., 1948- Legalization of drugs. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005 0521837863 (DLC) 2004027502 (OCoLC)57069640
ISBN 9780511614842 (electronic bk.)
0511614845 (electronic bk.)
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