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By STEVE ELLIOTT Editor, Tokesignals.com

OFF THE

STREET

By W.A. BOGART, 2016, 278 PAGES, $19.99

LEGALIZING DRUGS A nyone who’s paying attention knows that the so-called “War on Drugs” (which is really, like all wars, a war on people) has been an abject failure. The cost of trying to control the production, sale and use of recreational drugs through criminal law is just too high. Unjust incarceration (the U.S. imprisons a higher percentage of its populace than any other nation on Earth), illicit markets, tainted substances, exploited children and an untaxed industry are just a few of the ways we pay for this horrible policy. “There is no evidence … that these weapons have been effective in achieving the traditional criminal justice aims of crime reduction, rehabilitation or deterrence,” Bogart writes. “The war on drugs has left a bloody trail of criminal activity born of underground, illicit and organized criminal control of all aspects of the drug trade, including supply, trafficking and distribution.”

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But there’s a common sense alternative. And tory landscape and how it might end that’s exactly what W.A. Bogart’s hard-hitting up looking. He also takes an in-depth book, Off The Street, posits: that the legalization look at supply chain scenarios, and deof all currently illegal drugs is the smartest thing votes an entire chapter to prescription we could do about the “problem.” drugs which are currently The catchphrase for governments legal, but illegally abused, This book compellingly calls controlling the consumption of alcoand how they will fit into for a thoughtful, hol, tobacco, junk food and gambling the equation. comprehensive is “permit but discourage.” All are leLegalization and reguladiscussion of the gal, but, to greater or lesser degrees, tion can attack the underlegalization and harmful and their consumption is deground economy, Bogart regulation of recreational drugs. believes. Bringing illicit creased by targeted regulatory strategies. drug use into the realm of This eloquent book suggests that permitted activity will help lower exthe same approach should be adopted cessive use, provide revenue for prefor drugs. Pulling no punches, Bogavention, treatment and counseling and rt, a distinguished university profesbetter protect children, according to sor and professor of law at the Unithe book. versity of Windsor, predicts when Drug use is not going away. Off The and how the War on Drugs will end, Street compellingly calls for a thoughtand discusses whether Cannabis ful, comprehensive discussion of the leshould be considered separately, and galization and regulation of recreationshould stand alone with its own set al drugs, which Professor Bogart calls of policies. He explores the regulathe “least bad” way forward.

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