“The reason for our narcotic laws, according to their proponents, is that we are trying to protect people from themselves. But declaring people criminals and putting them in prison seems like a peculiar way to protect them. Conviction and imprisonment are designed to punish, that is, to inflict harm. In practical terms, a conviction often ruins one’s career and prison often ruins one’s life.”
- Edward L. Rubin, author of The Soul, Self, and Society, argues that America’s drugs policy is misguided, cruel, and ineffective.
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