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Taylor Wilkinson CCJ 4938 – 0001 March 25, 2016 Assignment 2 The drug debate in America has become an everlasting topic of controversy. The assigned book, Animals and Psychedelics: The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness , presents an alternative perspective in regards to the drug debate. This book approaches the topic of drugs by considering its use as a predisposed factor. It removes all morals and values in regards to drug use and presents the possibility of a correlation between drug use and genetic predisposition. The book aims to neither advocate nor discourage the use of drugs. Instead, it provides an abstract view in regards to what constitutes a drug and its usage and should therefore, be considered among policymakers and the public in terms of the drug debate. In the Introduction of, Animals and Psychedelics: The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness , it is immediately pointed out that “when we speak of drugs, most people immediately associate them with the ‘drug problem,’ bringing us to a communal vision that perceives drugs and the drug problem as identical” (Samorini 2002). Due to biased media coverage and misrepresentations of the effects of certain drugs, modern society has come to fear all drugs – both natural and synthetic. Essentially, drugs are banned for the harms they cause- not for the mental states they induce. Many prohibitionists argue that these substances aren’t outlawed with the intent of oppressing people, but to protect them instead. They
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strongly believe that the intention is to reduce harm to society. Politicians and other political
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