The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs
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FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by Erowid, 2003 Sep 18
This book takes a reasonably serious look at the debate over drug legalization. Unfortunately, the bias of the authors is quite apparent in the way they look at the debate. Rather than sticking to presenting the various sides of the existing debate, the authors come at the issue from the assumption that legalization is a bad idea and from this . . . (more)
BACK COVER #Laws regulating drug use vary widely from country to country. In Malaysia, for example, substance abuse is a violation of religious law and drug trafficking is automatically punished by death. In Nepal, by contrast, the government not only tolerates the use of psychoactive substances but collects taxes on the drug trade. Policies concerning drug abuse in the United States lie somewhere between these two extremes and are constantly changing as evidence concerning the dangers and consequences of drug use accumulates. Legalization: A Debate follows a format of a trial in its examination of the advantages and disadvantages of various drug laws. Beginning with an "opening statement," a factual presentation of the history, consequences, and medical use of drugs, the volume concludes with cases presenting arguments both for and against legalization. The jury in the case is the reader, who must weigh the evidence on both sides in deciding whether certain drugs that are currently illicit should in fact be legal.