Prohibition versus Legalization
Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on Drug Policy?
By Mark Thornton
This article appeared in the Winter 2006/07 issue of The Independent Review.
Economists have been among the leading critics of current drug policies, but this criticism does not mean they have reached a consensus about specific reforms. Although drug-policy researchers and economists in general seem opposed to prohibition, they are timid in their advocacy of decriminalization and even less supportive of legalization.
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