The Legal Framework of the Abuse of Illicit Drugs

  • John JoshuaEmail author


This chapter provides a detailed analysis of the legal framework of the abuse of illicit drugs and begins with a description of present drug policies and proceeds with a discussion on the drug policies on prohibition and zero-tolerance. Economic, legal, medical, and psychological reasons are provided against prohibition and other drug policies. Various alternative policies regarding the use of illicit drugs are then discussed, including policies of prohibition, criminalization, decriminalization, depenalization, and their effectiveness which is followed up with a detailed discussion on the legalization of drugs. The chapter concludes with a discussion on a regulated market for drugs. It is argued that most drugs could be sold on a regulated market for drugs in much the same way as any other drugs, such as alcohol and nicotine.


Alternative drug policies Criminalization Decriminalization Depenalization Legal framework Legalization Prohibition Regulated market for drugs Zero-tolerance 


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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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