chapter  8
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The Legalization Debate

It is not difficult at all to make rational arguments for legalizing at least some of the currently illicit recreational drugs. Some people carry the debate even further, arguing for the legalization of all such drugs. Before going on to recommendations we must examine these arguments. To do this, we must have a better understanding of the nature of the drugs we are discussing. You cannot consider legalizing a drug until and unless you understand the dangers that drug poses. Even then you must make value judgments that compare the damage a drug could or likely would inflict on the user or society with the damage done to people or society by keeping it illegal.