Off the Street - Dundurn

Off the Street

Legalizing Drugs

Published November 2016

Description

An unflinching analysis of one of the major issues of our time — the shift from criminalization to regulation of recreational drugs.

The “war on drugs” has failed. The cost of trying to control the production, sale, and use of recreational drugs through the criminal law is too high: unjust incarceration, illicit markets, tainted substances, exploited children, and an untaxed industry.

But there is an alternative.

The watchwords for governments controlling the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, junk food, and gambling are “permit but discourage.” All are legal, but harmful consumption is decreased by targeted regulatory strategies.

That same approach should be adopted for drugs. Legalization and regulation can attack the underground economy, drive down excessive use, provide revenue for prevention, treatment, and counselling, and better protect children.

Off the Street: Legalizing Drugs calls for a thoughtful, national discussion of the legalization and regulation of recreational drugs — the “least bad” way forward.

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Contributors

W.A. Bogart

W.A. Bogart is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Windsor. He is the author/editor of seven books, including Regulating Obesity?: Government, Society, and Questions of Health. He blogs for the Huffington Post and is a frequent media commentator on the regulation of consumption. He lives in Toronto.

Sukanya Pillay

Sukanya Pillay is a lawyer, law professor, public speaker, and writer. She is currently the Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar and a visiting professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Sukanya lives in Windsor, Ontario.

Book Details

Paperback
November 2016
5x8 in
280 pp
9781459734975
ePub
November 2016
-
280 pp
9781459734999