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Debating the Drug War

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Pro-Legalization Books

(24 titles)

the War on Drugs : Overcoming a Failed Public Policy

By Steven Wisotsky, Thomas Szasz 

Paperback – 279 pages Reprint  (April 1990) 

Price: $21.95 

Documents the failure of the drug war and calls for decriminalization–or
legalization–of drugs in order to stop America’s destructive strategy.
Case for Legalizing Drugs

By Richard Lawrence Miller 

Hardcover – 247 pages (March 1991) 

Price: $29.95
Historian Richard Lawrence Miller explores the origins, purposes, and
effects of America’s drug war. This book assembles diverse findings by
chemists, biologists, pharmacologists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists,
historians, prosecutors, police officers, and drug users themselves. The
resulting mosaic argues that most problems associated with illicit drugs
are caused by laws restricting them. 

Mass of documentary evidence. Thoroughly annotated and footnoted. 

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of America : How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry
to Convince Us We Are Out of Control
By Stanton Peele 

Paperback Reprint  (August 1995) 

Price: $15.95


In this plainspoken critique of America’s whole approach to addiction,
Peele attacks the “addiction as disease” model promoted by AA and NA drug
treatment centers. 

This book is an indictment of the destructive belief that all deviant
behavior is a disease, and offers alternatives to those suffering from
addictions, and to the professionals seeking to help them. 


Control in a Free Society

By James B. Bakalar, Lester Grinspoon 

Paperback (March 1988) 

Price: $17.95
A provocative analysis of the philosophical, sociological, and historical
background of the attempt to control consciousness-altering drugs in modern
industrial societies. Compares the individual’s rights with those of the
government and its obligations to protect its citizens. 
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Control Policy : Essays in Historical and Comparative Perspective

(Issues in Policy History, #1) 

By William O. Walker (Editor) 

Paperback – 176 pages (April 1992) 

Price: $13.95
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Crazy : How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out 
By Michael Gray 

Hardcover – 240 pages (June 1998) 

Price: $16.77

Six years in the writing, Drug Crazy offers a gripping account of the
stunning violence, corruption, and chaos that have characterized America’s
drug war since its inception in 1914. Weaving a provocative analogy between
the drug scene today and the failure of Prohibition in the 1920s, Drug
Crazy argues that the greatest danger we face is prohibition itself. 

Whether he’s writing about the American government’s strong-arm tactics
toward critics of its drug policy or the reduction of countries like Colombia
and Mexico to anarchic killing zones by powerful cartels, Mike Gray’s analysis
has an immediacy and a clarity worth noting.

Hate and the Corruption of American Justice

By David Baggins 

Hardcover (June 1998) 

Price: $49.95 
According to this book, the hatred of drugs has fundamentally shifted
US policy to a punitive orientation. This triumph of drug hate corrupts
the criminal justice system, exacerbates class inequality, drains public
resources, and denies the public their Constitutional heritage. 

The author, David Baggins, is Associate Professor of Political Science
at California State University. 


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Legalization : For and Against 

By Rod L. Evans (Editor) 

Hardcover – 331 pages (July 1992) 

Price: $32.95
The list of contributors to this volume is impressive. The chapters
offer a balanced presentation of arguments on both sides of the debate. 

Contributors to this volume include: William J. Bennett, William F.
Buckley, Milton Friedman, Ethan A. Nadelmann, Linus Pauling, and many others. 


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War Politics : The Price of Denial
By Eva Bertram (Editor), Kenneth Sharpe, Peter Andreas 

Paperback (July 1996) 

Price: $14.36

Through interviews with health-care specialists, law enforcement officials,
and drug users, the authors -who constitute a drug policy think-tank- illustrate
that America’s war on drugs must be immediately revamped.
Warriors and Their Prey : From Police Power to Police State
By Richard Lawrence Miller 

Hardcover (April 1996) 

Price: $17.47 

The war on drugs is a war on ordinary people. Using that premise, historian
Richard Lawrence Miller analyzes America’s drug war. Miller presents numerous
examples of drug law enforcement gone amok, as police and courts threaten
the happiness, property, and even lives of victims – some of whom are never
charged with a drug crime, let alone convicted of one. 

Miller contends that an imaginary “drug crisis” has been manufactured
by authoritarians in order to mask their war on democracy. He not only
examines numerous civil rights sacrificed in the name of drugs, but demonstrates
how their loss harms ordinary Americans in their everyday lives. 

: Should We Legalize, Decriminalize or Deregulate?
By Jeffrey A. Schaler (Editor) 

Paperback – 386 pages (June 1998) 

Price: $13.56 

A diverse collection of views on drug legalization, decriminalization,
and deregulation. Essays by William Bennett, Thomas Szasz, George Will,
and many others. Ethical questions, and anthropological, sociological,
economic, political, and philosophical perspectives. Debates the best alternatives
to prohibition. 
the War on Drugs : A Solution for America

By Dirk Chase Eldredge 

Hardcover – 288 pages (September 1998) 

Price: $16.07 
A conservative Republican examines how and why America is losing the
war against illegal drugs- and presents a case for carefully controlled
legalization. The implications for crime and public health, overburdened
courts and prisons, official corruption, civil rights, and other elements
of society are thoughtfully and provocatively analyzed. 

Eldredge proposes that Congress pass legislation allowing states to
legalize drugs; when “35 states [assure]that they will adopt legalization,
the policy change can be implemented by all.” 


to Legalize Drugs
By Jefferson M. Fish (Editor) 

Hardcover (July 1998) 

Price: $49.00 

First part of book explains the libertarian cost-benefit analysis of
why drugs should be legal. Shows how the street use of hard drugs is more
result than cause of misery of marginalization. Second part describes different
approaches to legalizing drugs.
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the Shadow of the Dope Fiend : America’s War on Drugs
By William Weir 

Hardcover – 320 pages (February 1997) 

Price: $45.25 

Reviews the social history of America’s crusades against drugs, blaming
moralists, politicians, profiteers and thugs for establishing a dope fiend
myth that continues to distort public policy. Covers the roles of organized
crime and various government agencies in this illicit trade, the place
of flower children and the Vietnam War in defining drug mythology, and
the impact of drug war culture on our communities, police, and courts. 

Compendium of the case against prohibition as a solution to drug use
in the U.S. Considers various alternatives. 

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: A Debate (The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs, Series ii)
Eliot Marshall, et al / Library Binding / Published 1988 

Our Price: $19.95 

Rigorous analysis of all aspects of the tireless marijuana legalization
Minimum Drug Sentences : Throwing Away the Key or the Taxpayers’ Money?
by Jonathan P. Caulkins (Editor) 

Price: $15.00 

Uses intensively researched cost-effectiveness analysis to prove that
mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders are costly and ineffective. 

After spending nine years studying drug policy, Jonathan Caulkins, 31,
produced a report so convincing that even drug czar McCaffrey has praised
it. To assemble the study, Caulkins, an MIT-trained operations-research
specialist, developed mathematical models that predict the behavior of
black markets and applied them to the drug economy. His report makes an
indisputable case that mandatory minimums simply don’t work. 

Lester, M.D. Grinspoon / Paperback / Published 1994 

Our Price: $15.96 

Thorough debunking of many common misperceptions about marijuana. Detailed
pharmacology and chemistry which could be too much for the layman, but
certainly fascinating and informative.

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Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review Of The Scientific Evidence

Lynn Zimmer, John P. Morgan / Paperback / Published 1997 

Our Price: $10.36 

Cannabis Culture Top Pick

Excellent book. Clearly written. It shatters all negative myths about marijuana.
It goes through each myth one by one, with clear scientific evidence. 

Covers marijuana as a gateway drug, pot use during pregnancy, pot and
health, pot and driving, and all the rest. 

Has been reviewed and recommended by Esquire, Rolling Stone, National
Review, and more.


: Not Guilty As Charged
David F. Ford, et al / Hardcover / Published 1997 

Our Price: $17.47 

Five years in he writing. Details how marijuana is the world’s least
harmful medicine and high. Based on authoritative documents, news clippings
and personal stories. 

Includes tales of the viciousness of US marijuana policy.
Right to Drugs : The Case for a Free Market 

by Thomas Szasz 

Paperback – 199 pages Reprint edition (April 1996) 

Price: $14.36 

Reasoned and passionate treatise, in which Szasz denounces both the
prohibitionists and the so-called legalizers- “paternalistic prohibitionists”
whose agenda is to transfer control of drugs to the medical system. 

Szasz dissects a cast of antidrug crusaders (Nancy Reagan, Father Bruce
Ritter, Betty Ford, Kitty Dukakis, William Bennett) and concludes that
drug education is “the name we give to the state-sponsored effort to inflame
people’s hatred and intolerance of other people’s drug habits.” 

Szasz also analyzes legalization proponents (Lester Grinspoon, Ethan
Nadelman, Eric Sterling, William F. Buckley, Jr). Szasz sees their proposals
as new prohibition/medicalization schemes and argues for total drug freedom. 

This book is well written, the arguments are clear and concise, and
the logic effective. Excellent notes and useful bibliography. Author Thomas
Szasz is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, State University of New York
Health Science Center. 

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Drugs Reconsidered (Drug Policy Classics Reprints Series Number 1)
By Lester Grinspoon, James B. Bakalar 

Paperback – (July 1997) 385 pages 

Price: $12.95 


Two of the world’s leading experts on drug use provide the general
reader with a comprehensive and accessible survey of psychedelic drugs
and the scientific and intellectual issues they raise. The authors review
the chemistry of psychedelics, their effects, and the history of human
experience with the drugs, as well as assessing their potential value. 

“An exceptionally well-balanced scientific discussion of every aspect
of psychedelic drugs…. It is a courageous book which simultaneously succeeds
for both the popular and scientific audiences.”–Carl Sagan 


and the Drug Propaganda; The Birth of Patriarchy and the Drug War

by Dan Russell 

Paperback – 357 pages 1 edition (November 1998) 

Price: $24.95 
Herbal magic, real pharmaco-shamanism, is at the core of all matriarchal
cultures. The Goddess does not separate from her herbal magic, from her
invention of medicine. The central sacrament of all Paleolithic, Neolithic
and Bronze Age cultures known is an inebriative herb, a plant totem, which
became metaphoric of the communal epiphany. These herbs, herbal concoctions
and herbal metaphors are at the heart of all mythologies. 

The Drug War, in America, didn’t begin with Nixon and the demonized
alkaloids. It began with the slavers, with the Portugese and the Spanish
and their demonized tribal sacraments, centuries before the invention of
alkaloids. The great psycho-legal trick of contemporary inquisitors has
been their successful confusion of the safe sacramental herbs with the
dangerous refined alkaloids. 

“I had to write in appreciation of the invaluable contribution you’ve
made to realizing the possible human. I find your book a major ally in
delivering truth today.” — Jeannine Parvati, author of “Hygieia: A Woman’s

Compares to “The Chalice and the Blade” and “Food of the Gods,” two
recent bestsellers of similar intent. 

and Mirrors : The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure
By Dan Baum 

Paperback – 396 pages Reprint edition (June 1997) 

Price: $11.16 


A thoroughly researched attack on America’s war on drugs. Baum, a former
Wall Street Journal reporter, calls American drug policy “as expensive,
ineffective, delusional and destructive as government gets.” 


Tracing the development of U.S. drug policy from Nixon on, he skillfully
tells a tale of demagoguery, cluelessness, and hysteria that is alternately
amusing and depressing, alarming and infuriating. Baum details how “the
drug exception to the Bill of Rights” was carved out, one piece at a time. 


The New York Times Book Review said “…colorful writing … trenchant
observations … those seeking confirmation that the war on drugs is a
bummer will relish the failures he (Baum) serves up.” 


Marijuana Should Be Legal

Ed Rosenthal, Steve Kubby / Paperback / Published 1996 

Our Price: $7.96 

Ed Rosnthal and Steve Kubby explain how marijuana has been misinterpreted,
and that the war on weed has harmed society more than pot itself ever could. 

Clear, concise with extensive notes. Includes Doonesbury cartoons.



Anti-Pot Books

(4 titles)

: Marijuana (The Drug Awareness Library)

Ruth Chier / Library Binding / Published 1997 

Our Price: $15.93 

Part of a series by the same author. Other titles include Danger Cocaine,
Danger: Crack, Danger: Alcohol, Danger: Tobacco, and Danger: Inhalants
Off the Grass
Gabriel G. Nahas, et al / Paperback / Published 1990 

Our Price: $10.36 

Over 10 years in print, this is the definitive anti-marijuana book
from the man who has dedicated his life to misinforming the world about
marijuana. Nahas was Reagan’s medical anti-pot point man, and now works
for the French government. This is insidious stuff, treat it with caution.
Forward by Jacques Cousteau.

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(Drug Library)

 Elizabeth Schleichert / Library Binding / Published 1996 

Our Price: $19.95 

Claims to document “the history and effects of marijuana, the long-term
damage it causes, and how to get help.”

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Marijuana (Drug Abuse Prevention Library) 

 Sandra Lee Smith / Library Binding / Published 1995

Our Price: $17.95 

Our Price: $5.56 

Diatribe against marijuana. Sample quotes include: 

1) “Marijuana is not considered physically addictive, but it might
as well be.” 

2) “Babies born to marijuana smokers are usually born smaller and may
have distorted features.” 

3) “Many people think that marijuana will help them to relax. Because
the senses are changed, the mind thinks it is relaxed. But it is not.” 

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