The Public Interest

Legalization madness

Christine A. Saum & James A. Inciardi

Spring 1996

FRUSTRATED by the government’s apparent inability to reduce the supply of illegal drugs on the streets of America, and disquieted by media accounts of innocents victimized by drug-related violence, some policy makers are convinced that the “war on drugs” has failed. In an attempt to find a better solution to the “drug crisis” or, at the very least, to try an alternative strategy, they have proposed legalizing drugs.

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