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Drug Laws, Ethics, and History

In: Filozofia, vol. 74, no. 2
Adam Greif


Year, pages: 2019, 95 - 110
Language: eng
Prohibition – Criminalization – International drug control system – Drugrelated harms – Autonomy – Addiction – Alcohol
Article type: State
Document type: časopis
About article:
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.
How to cite:
ISO 690:
Greif, A. 2019. Drug Laws, Ethics, and History. In Filozofia, vol. 74, no.2, pp. 95-110. 0046-385X. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/filozofia.2019.74.2.2

Greif, A. (2019). Drug Laws, Ethics, and History. Filozofia, 74(2), 95-110. 0046-385X. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/filozofia.2019.74.2.2
About edition:
Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV
Published: 20. 2. 2019