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MacCoun, Robert J and Reuter, Peter (2001) Drug war heresies: learning from other vices, times and places. RAND Studies in Policy Analysis Cambridge: Cambridge University Press .

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This book provides the first multidisciplinary and nonpartisan analysis of how the United States should decide on the legal status of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. It draws on data about the experiences of Western European nations with less punitive drug policies as well as new analyses of America's experience with legal cocaine and heroin a century ago, and of America's efforts to regulate gambling, prostitution, alcohol and cigarettes. It offers projections on the likely consequences of a number of different legalization regimes and shows that the choice about how to regulate drugs involves complicated tradeoffs among goals and conflict among social groups. The book presents a sophisticated discussion of how society should deal with the uncertainty about the consequences of legal change. Finally, it explains, in terms of individual attitudes toward risk, why it is so difficult to accomplish substantial reform of drug policy in America.


Item Type:Book
Date:2001
Call No:MP18.2, VB
Pages:xvi, 4
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication:Cambridge
ISBN:0 521 57263 0
Keywords:harm reduction, crime, AOD laws, criminal justice system, harm reduction policy, history of AOD public policy, United States
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Accession Number:HRB 207 (Available), HRB 4003 (Available)
Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol > Prohibition (Drugs and alcohol public policy)
MM-MO Crime and law > Drugs and alcohol laws > Drug laws
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
VA Geographic area > United States
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol > Harm reduction policy
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MM-MO Crime and law > Vice crime
VA Geographic area > Europe > Switzerland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Netherlands
VA Geographic area > Europe > Italy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol > Drug decriminalisation or legalisation
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Political process > Public opinion
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol > Demand reduction policy
VA Geographic area > Europe

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