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Introduction

Philip Bean

in Legalising drugs

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423757
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302698 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423757.003.0001
Introduction

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According to Mark Kleiman (2008), there are things that could be done about drug policy that would reduce the numbers in prison, and the extent of drug abuse and drug-related crime, but legalisation is not one of them. Julian Critchley, who was responsible for coordinating the government's anti-drugs policy, says that legalisation would be less harmful than the current strategy and that his views are shared by majority of professionals in the field. This chapter presents the various policy options as ideal types, i.e., prohibition, harm reduction, medicalisation, decriminalization, legal moralism, and economic liberalism.

Keywords: drug; policy; crime; legalisation; prohibition; harm reduction; medicalisation; decriminalization; legal moralism; economic liberalism

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Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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