Drug Laws, Ethics, and History

Filozofia 74 (2):95 - 110 (2019)

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Adam Greif
Comenius University
Adam Greif
Comenius University (PhD)
Abstract
In this paper, I present and criticize several historical arguments in favour of prohibition and criminalization of illicit psychoactive substances. I consider several versions of Charles Brent’s argument from drug harms and an argument from addiction based on Kantian view on autonomy. My criticism will mainly rely on empirical evidence on drugs, drug use, and addiction. I think that in light of this evidence, all of the arguments lose their cogency or can be refuted altogether. Moreover, the evidence reveals an inconsistency in the international drug law framework. In conclusion, I therefore provide a general argument challenging the legitimacy of the existing distinction between licit and illicit drugs based on the inconsistency.
Keywords Prohibition – Criminalization – International drug control system – Drug-related harms – Autonomy – Addiction – Alcohol
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The Legalization of Drugs.Doug Husak & Peter de Marneffe - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
Drugs, Morality and the Law.Paul Smith - 2002 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (3):233–244.

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