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September 1991 (Volume 69)
Harry G. Levine
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Like current drug prohibition, alcohol prohibition in the 1920s produced a large criminalized industry. Post-repeal alcohol regulation, which tended to limit overall consumption, suggests that the legal regulated sale of currently illicit substances is technically practical and reasonable. However, no such radical change in drug policy will be politically feasible until well into the twenty-first century. Nevertheless, the failures and costs of the War on Drugs make moderate reform a more promising prospect.
Author(s): Harry G. Levine; Craig Reinarman
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Volume 69, Issue 3 (pages 461–494) Published in 1991
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