The Potency of Illegal Drugs

@article{Thornton1998ThePO,
  title={The Potency of Illegal Drugs},
  author={Mark A. Thornton},
  journal={Journal of Drug Issues},
  year={1998},
  volume={28},
  pages={725 - 740}
}
  • M. Thornton
  • Published 1 July 1998
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Drug Issues
The high potency of narcotics is used as a justification for making them illegal. An economic analysis of drug potency shows that public policies such as excise taxes and prohibitions provide the incentives to make and consume more potent drugs and that such policies provide an economic “gateway” for the introduction of new, highly potent drugs. Historical evidence from national alcohol prohibition and the war on drugs supports these findings. 

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