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Drug Laws
Drug laws

During the 37-year history of American drug law creation, the courts and society have wrestled with the contours of racialization, the effects of certain social movement variables, and the stubbornness of the criminal justice system and political system in avoiding meaningful liberalization of drug laws. Sometimes conceptualized as a “victimless crime,” drug laws have gone through a slow pace of liberalization. Drug enforcement and punitiveness have been dominant themes in American drug laws and policy.

Drug laws haven't changed much in America over the past 40 years, even as the country has moved away from use of the criminal sanction in the other “victimless crimes,” a term used by Edwin Schur in his influential 1965 book, Crimes Without Victims: Deviant Behavior and Public ...

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