Drugs and the law: a psychological analysis of drug prohibition.

  title={Drugs and the law: a psychological analysis of drug prohibition.},
  author={Robert J MacCoun},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={113 3},
There is an ongoing American policy debate about the appropriate legal status for psychoactive drugs. Prohibition, decriminalization, and legalization positions are all premised on assumptions about the behavioral effects of drug laws. What is actually known and not known about these effects is reviewed. Rational-choice models of legal compliance suggest that criminalization reduces use through restricted drug availability, increased drug prices, and the deterrent effect of the risk of… CONTINUE READING

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