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Legalising drugsDebates and dilemmas$
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Philip Bean

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423757

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423757.001.0001

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Legalisation and crime

Legalisation and crime

(p.59) 4 Legalisation and crime
Legalising drugs

Philip Bean

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the links between drug use and crime. The links between drug use and crime have dominated much of the debate on legalising drugs. According to legalisers, prohibition produces and promotes crime. Prohibitionists accept crime as inevitable, but it prevents more than it creates; legalisers say they can reduce it. This chapter also discusses the nine major allegations that critics say occur as a result of prohibition.

Keywords:   drug, crime, legalisation, prohibition

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