Retaining the focus and the spirit of the acclaimed First Edition, The Drug Legalization Debate, Second Edition, addresses the major issues involved in the continuing drug legalization debate - including deterrence, treatment, education, and prevention. It also examines drug use trends at the end of the millennium, the use of cannabis as a wonder drug and a look at whether legalizing drugs would really reduce violent crime.
Chapter 3: Legalizing Drugs: Would it Really Reduce Violent Crime?
Legalizing Drugs: Would it Really Reduce Violent Crime?
Frustrated by evidence of only minimal progress in reducing the supply of illegal drugs on the streets of America, and disquieted by media stories of innocent victims of drug-related violence, numerous observers are convinced that the U.S. “War on Drugs” has failed. In an attempt to find a more viable solution to the “drug crisis,” or at the very least, to try an alternative strategy, many proposals have been offered. The most controversial of these has been to legalize drugs. The overwhelming majority of Americans, including their political representatives as well as researchers and clinicians working in the drug field consider legalization to be both simplistic and dangerous. By ...