Aquinas, Hume, Kant & Drug Laws Essay by The Research Group

Aquinas, Hume, Kant & Drug Laws
Examines ethical & political philosophies & applies them indirectly to issue of drug legalization.
# 11505 | 2,925 words | 4 sources | 1996 | US
Published on May 18, 2003 in Criminology (Drugs Enforcement)


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"Drug abuse is seen as a major social problem that has been the occasion for a massive effort on the part of the U.S. government to interdict drugs before they arrive in the United States, to use criminal sanctions to stop traffic in drugs in American communities, and to place a stigma on drug use so as to control it and to influence successive generations not to take up drug abuse in the first place. This effort has been very costly in terms of money and human suffering. The fact that drugs are illegal has created a vast underground market for them and has contributed to the rising crime rates in our communities as drug abusers steal and commit murder in order to get the money they need to purchase their drugs. The perception that the drug war has been a failure has contributed to calls for legalization..."

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