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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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The community, the personal and the commercial

The community, the personal and the commercial

(p.105) 6 The community, the personal and the commercial
Legalising drugs

Philip Bean

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the impact of drug legalisation on the community and the individual users and examines the commercial systems that might follow legalisation. As part of this moral vision, the UK government produced a series of strategies in which a key aim was to ‘empower individuals and communities, and regenerate neighbourhoods’. It set out these again in 2007 and in 2008 in its Consultation Paper and Action Plan, under the heading ‘Protecting families and Communities’. This chapter also explains how the government, as a prohibitionist, emphasises the importance of strengthening community ties. Personal growth evolves through learning to cope with stress, anxiety, frustration, and the many other difficulties that life presents, both small and large. Marijuana use, particularly among adolescents and young adults, interferes with this process, and the result is a drug arrested development.

Keywords:   drug, legalisation, community, UK, individual, prohibitionist, personal

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