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Against the Legalization of Heroin

Against the Legalization of Heroin

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    De Marneffe, Peter. (2003). Against the legalization of heroin. Criminal Justice Ethics, 22: 34-40.

    Background: On December 29, 2002, the American Philosophical Assocation's Committee on the Philosophy of Law sponsored a symposium on the [sic] drug legalization at the Annual Meeting of APA's Eastern Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At a time when the "war on drugs" has been increasingly assailed not only for its effectiveness but also for its legitimacy, the symposium was an expression of concern with both the social effects of drugs and drug legislation as well as its ideological underpinnings. The lead presenter was Douglas Husak, a preeminent philosophical critic of the legal status quo, and his contribution was critiqued by George Sher. A second position paper was delivered by Peter de Marneffe, taking a position that, if not completely in support of the current legal situation, was at least sympathetic to some of the concerns it embodies. His paper was responded to by Daniel Shapiro. All four papers have been revised for publication, and Lester Hunt, who chaired the session, has generously contributed an Epilogue.