Legalizing Drugs

Legalizing Drugs

The key to ending the war

By Steve Rolles


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The question is no longer if we should end the war on drugs but how we do it. This No-Nonsense Guide counts the human and financial cost of fifty years of drug war – and proceeds to outline a better way, looking at where drug law reform is already working, how to overcome the obstacles to reform, and what a post-drug war world might look like.

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This book brings a welcome dose of pragmatic realism to a debate long dominated by misplaced ideology and knee-jerk politics.

– David Nutt, Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London

I commend this book to you, and encourage all who read it to join the movement for change and help to end the ruinous war on drugs.

– Cesar Gaviria, former president of Colombia, and member of the Global Commission on Drugs


1 A brief history of the global ‘war on drugs’
2 Counting the costs of 50 years of drug war
3 What would a post-drug-war world look like?
4 Drug-law reform in practice around the world
5 Obstacles to reform – and how to negotiate them