The War on Drugs

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The War on Drugs: A Critical Analysis SOC 324: Criminology; Spring 2011 SOC 324: Criminology; Spring 2011 Final Exam: (Monday April 11, 2011 – Friday April 29, 2011) Professor Rolden Hillis The War on Drugs: A Critical Analysis A) Introduction Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims maybe the most oppressive… those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C.S. Lewis Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in which they hold to be motivated by high ideals towards virtuous ends. Isabel Paterson “This is not a war on drugs; this is a war on people-our people…” Jack Cole Retired undercover Narcotics officer (& founder of LEAP) "Whether drugs lead to illumination or degradation depends on the spirit in which one takes them." George Andrews "A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an @%$^." Frank Zappa "I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had a problem with police." Keith Richards "Casual drug users should be taken out and shot." Daryl Gates Former Los Angeles Chief of Police "Drug misuse is not a disease; it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would not call that a disease but an error in judgment." 1
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The War on Drugs: A Critical Analysis SOC 324: Criminology; Spring 2011 Phillip K. Dick "Vices are their own punishment." Aesop "Cocaine habit forming? Of course not. I ought to know. I’ve been using it for years." Tallulah Bankhead "Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, and does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if you take every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm than marijuana ever could." P. J. O’Rourke "You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother." Harry J. Anslinger Early Drug Warrior B) Recreational drug use (depending on the specific drug, dosage, etc.) has been associated with impaired cognitive processes, altered perception, impaired memory, poor judgment, impaired motor control, and reduced reaction times. Likewise, it has been sometimes related to impulsive, reckless, irresponsible, antisocial, or violent behavioral tendencies. Many drugs are psychologically habit-forming or physically addictive. And many are potentially toxic or have serious side effects. Not surprisingly, drug use, abuse, and addiction have been found to be associated with a wide range of social problem including: - Premature death. -
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