Class Notes (806,815)
Canada (492,451)
LS 101 (209)

LS101 – Nov.12.doc

5 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Waterloo
Legal Studies
LS 101
Frances Chapman

LS101 – Nov.12 12/11/2007 21:04:00 ← ← (con’t from last class) ← ← Prohibitionist – Arguments Against Legislation • Moral – endorsing drugs would send the wrong message o Oppose decriminalization because it would endorse drug use o Decriminalization means it would be taken off the criminal code (however, would still need to pay a fine etc. much like a parking ticket) o Legalization is completely legalizing something so anyone can have access to it • Practical – increase in addicts, health care, family issues, social problems • Not possible to completely enforce the law, but legislation keeps a lid on the problem • Deterrence o No fear of arrest o Discourages an unknown number of persons from experimenting with drugs • Stigma would disappear – more people might want to use drugs • Price would drop significantly and availability would increase • Advertising for drugs • If legalized – more users, availability increase, price decrease, advertising? • More drug crime ← ← Liberalization – Arguments Favour Legalization • Policies are ineffective • Some paradox to what they say – want to decrease the problems associated with drugs by increasing availability i.e. legalizing problematic behaviour • Movement says that we don’t know how people will respond to increased availability and decreased price – we do know that there is added increase in crime, corruption, disease, financial cost, harm done by criminal justice system, racial tension/disparity and the loss of civil liberties from prohibitionists, so might as well try something else • Been increased crime, cost to health care, loss of civil liberties and freedom, racial tension and disparity • A lot of this is due to drug trafficking because under prohibition, drugs are extremely profitable o Taking one dealer off the street – there are many more to replace him o Legal system could never keep up • Filling jails, making more criminals • African Americans make up 12% of American population, but 2/3 of population in prison for drug crimes – hugely disproportionate (true of Hispanics as well) o A tool of the white majority to oppr
More Less

Related notes for LS 101

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.