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The Case for Legalizing Drugs

The Case for Legalizing Drugs
Author: Richard L. Miller
ISBN 13: 9780275934590
ISBN 10: 275934594
Edition: First
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: 1991-01-17
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 264
List Price: $67.00

"The single most important book yet written about illegal drugs and the drug war. It's historically informed, thoroughly documented, and brilliantly argued." Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize winner

Publishers Weekly

``Drugs do not threaten the American way of life; they are part of it,'' avers historian Miller ( Truman ) as he makes a compelling case for declaring all drugs legal. The author wants the manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession and use of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana and LSD legalized, with government price controls enforced to keep the costs low, if need be. The goal of a drug-free America, he argues, is an impossible one; thus, the anti-drug war is an anti-people war especially punishing to the nation's youth and to African-Americans. Further, Miller claims, the battle harms American democracy by, in effect, condemning users as subhuman outcasts (he even draws analogies here with the anti-Jewish rampage of the Nazis in the 1930s). Turning conventional attitudes upside down, Miller's book offers rich food for thought--and for argument. (Mar.)