Robert MacCoun

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Cocaine, Marijuana, and Heroin

What would actually happen if drugs were legalized in
America? For the last decade advocates of such a course, though politically weak,
have dominated the intellectual debate for the simple reason that their criticism
of existing policy holds a great deal of truth. The most conspicuous harms
associated with drugs nowadays -- violent crime, public disorder, government
corruption, and diseases related to injection with dirty needles -- are caused in
large part by the country's prohibition policies.