Legalize This!: The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs (Practical Ethics Series)

Author: Colin McGinn
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by yboris   2021-02-04
The best book I've read on this topic is Legalize This by Douglas Husak

https://www.amazon.com/Legalize-This-Decriminalizing-Practic...

He argues (convincingly) that all drugs should be decriminalized. Putting someone in jail is the most extreme thing that our society does, and needs a serious justification. Every individual being put in jail deserves an answer, and no satisfactory answer can be given for putting someone in jail for a nonviolent drug use (or possession).

by yboris   2020-09-28
Yes all drugs: consider reading "Legalize This" a super-short and superbly written book by a philosopher and legal scholar who has been thinking about this issue for decades.

https://www.amazon.com/Legalize-This-Decriminalizing-Practic...

TL;DR version: anyone being put in jail deserves an explanation. None can be given when they are a non-violent drug user.

by yboris   2020-09-23
My favorite book on the topic is "Legalize This!" by Douglas Husak arguing that we should decriminalize all drugs.

Surprisingly, the prohibition of alcohol in 1920's did not punish alcohol drinkers, just distributors. This model for drugs today would be a major improvement over the draconian treatment we have of the non-violent drug offenders.

https://www.amazon.com/Legalize-This-Decriminalizing-Practic...

by yboris   2019-07-12
A brilliant book - a careful philosophical argument for decriminalizing all drugs: Legalize This!: The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs (Practical Ethics Series) by Doug Husak

https://www.amazon.com/Legalize-This-Decriminalizing-Practic...

The gist: whenever someone is about to be put in jail for any reason, they ought to be given a reasonable answer to the question "Why am I being put in jail?" There simply is no satisfactory answer for current drug charges.

Bad answers to this question would require, out of consistency, criminalization of alcohol, tobacco, skiing (dangerous!), pizza (bad for your health!), etc.

by yboris   2019-01-10
A fantastic book on this (plus it's short): Legalize This!: The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs (Practical Ethics Series) by Doug Husak - a superbly-written argument for decriminalizing all drugs.

https://www.amazon.com/Legalize-This-Decriminalizing-Practic...

by yboris   2018-12-16
What's wrong with decriminalizing every drug?

I highly recommend the book Legalize This!: The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs (Practical Ethics Series) by Doug Husak

https://www.amazon.com/Legalize-This-Decriminalizing-Practic...