Drug War Deadlock

Drug War Deadlock

The Policy Battle Continues

Editor: Laura E. Huggins
ISBN: 978-0-8179-4652-4
Publication Date: 9/22/2005
Pages: 302

A Foundation for Inquiry into the Drug Debate in America

The dynamics of our drug policies in the United States are a complex puzzle to which there are no simplistic solutions. Drug War Deadlock presents a diverse collection of readings from scholarly journals, government reports, think tank studies, newspapers, and books that offer a comprehensive look at the drug debate.

Each section of the book features opposing articles written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields, offering a concise view of the many divergent viewpoints surrounding drug policy in America. The authors discuss the cases for and against such alternatives as legalization, decriminalization, and harm reduction. In addition, they examine Europe's more liberal drug policies and debate whether they could be effectively applied in the United States. Throughout the book, they consider the moral implications of drug use and the thorny questions surrounding the nature and limits of restrictions that society can exercise over free individuals regarding their personal choices.

Drug War Deadlock does not attempt to provide answers to every issue relating to illegal drugs, but it will enable the reader to draw his or her own conclusions concerning some of the more urgent questions of our day.

Laura E. Huggins is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and the coauthor (with Hoover senior fellow Terry Anderson) of Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (2003). She is currently development director and a research fellow at PERC--the Property and Environment Research Center, in Bozeman, Montana.

Contributors: Howard Abadinsky, Ronald Bayer, William J. Bennett, Ted Galen Carpenter, Lou Dobbs, Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Policy Alliance, David F. Duncan, The Economist, Milton Friedman, Bruce D. Glasscock, Asa Hutchinson, Bruce D. Johnson, James A. Inciardi, Charles Levinthal, Robert J. MacCoun, Duane McBride, Joseph D. McNamara, MSNBC, Ethan A. Nadelmann, PBS, Robert E. Peterson, Peter Reuter, John Raisian, John Jay Rouse, Sam Staley, John Stossel, Thomas Szasz, Yvonne Terry, John P. Walters, James Q. Wilson.

Full-text PDF versions of each section can be accessed below by clicking on the desired title or part below. (PDF files require Adobe Reader. If you do not already have this software installed, click here to download it for free at the Adobe web site.)

Copyright © 2005 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher.

  • Foreword by John Raisian
  • Introduction by Laura E. Huggins
    American Drug Policy: The Continuing Debate
    Drug Laws and Law Enforcement
    Thirty Years of America’s Drug War: A Chronology Frontline—Public Broadcasting Service
    Philosophical Underpinnings
    The American Ambivalence: Liberty vs. Utopia
    Hidden Paradigms of Morality in Debates about Drugs: Historical and Policy Shifts in British and American Drug Policies
    There’s No Justice in the War on Drugs
    Don’t Surrender: The drug war worked once. It can again.
    An Open Letter to Bill Bennett
    Should Drugs Be Legalized?
    Just Say No: Government’s War on Drugs Fails
    A War Worth Fighting
    The Drug War: The American Junkie
    Congressional Testimony in Opposition to Drug Legalization
    Current Controversies: Drug Legalization
    The Case for Legalisation: Time for a Puff of Sanity
    Against the Legalization of Drugs
    Alternative Perspectives on the Drug Policy Debate
    The Decriminalization Alternative
    The Great Drug Policy Debate— What Means This Thing Called Decriminalization?
    Should Harm Reduction Be Our Overall Goal in Fighting Drug Abuse?
    A New Direction for Drug Education: Harm Reduction
    Has the War on Drugs Reduced Crime?
    Reducing Harm: Treatment and Beyond
    An End to Marijuana Prohibition: The Drive to Legalize Picks Up
    No Surrender: The Drug War Saves Lives
    Western States Back Medical Marijuana
    Drug Intelligence Brief: The Changing Face of European Drug Policy
    Europe’s More Liberal Drug Policies Are Not the Right Model for America
    Does Europe Do It Better?
    A Blueprint for Peace: Ending the War on Drugs?
    Compassionate Crusade
  • Index
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Laura E. Huggins

Laura E. Huggins is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Huggins specializes in free market environmentalism, property rights, and population policy. She is primarily interested in the role of economic processes in shaping natural resource policy and in promoting market principles to a wide audience in order to help resolve environmental dilemmas. continued

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