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Debunking The "War On Drugs" Libertarian Style

Bill Masters
Clay Evans

Reading his contribution to the new book, “The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War,” I was intrigued to learn that San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters once was an avid drug warrior. It was, he indicates, simply part of what it meant to be a Republican law enforcement official. But after several years of approaching drug use as a criminal problem, especially in free-spirited Telluride, he was frustrated by “the increasing drug problems in the county.” In other words, arresting and jailing drug users, which he had accepted without question, simply didn’t work.

Deputation to the House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs (February 19, 2002)

My name is Walter Cavalieri, and I am a founder of the Canadian Harm
Reduction Network, which is a nexus for individuals and organisations
dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with
drugs and drug policies in Canada.

I am President of The Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force, an alliance of
individuals, community organizations and neighbourhood groups working
together to reduce the harms associated with the use and distribution of
drugs in Toronto.

Down And Dirty With The Criminal Code: A Review of Justice Defiled: Perverts, Potheads, Serial Killers & Lawyers

Alan Young
Lisa Taylor

In 1997, Osgoode Hall professor Alan Young became the first lawyer to challenge Canada's pot prohibition. The law stood, but didn't emerge unscathed - the trial judge stated that marijuana was non-addictive and relatively harmless and that striking down pot laws wouldn't lead to increased consumption. Young declared the prosecution a success, celebrating on the courthouse steps with other pro-pot activists in a cloud of sweet smoke. "In court, we had said that at least 2.5 million Canadians smoke pot," he recounts. "On that day, everyone seemed to be smoking a big doob."

Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis

Proper assessment of the harms caused by the misuse of drugs can inform policy makers in health, policing, and social care. We aimed to apply multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) modelling to a range of drug harms in the UK.