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This book brings a welcome dose of pragmatic realism to a debate long dominated by misplaced idealogy and knee-jerk politics. - David Nutt, Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.

It is an essential text for anyone wanting to understand why regulating drugs is the most effective way to reduce drug-related harms, and the steps we need to take to put an end to the violence of prohibition. Drawing on case studies and his extensive knowledge from working in the field of drug policy reform, Steve clearly shows how this war is at its core not a war on drugs, but a war on people. - Amanda Feilding - Executive Director Beckley Foundation.

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Of all mankind’s self-inflicted wounds, ‘the war on drugs’ must be one of the most catastrophic . This passionate, articulate, and numerate statement of the case for legalizing drugs could not be bettered. I hope it has the wide readership, and receives the careful attention, it deserves. It should be placed in the hands of all those who are in a position to make or influence policy and to reverse the present disastrous approach to what should be an entirely manageable human problem - Raymond Tallis, Retired Physician and Neuroscientist, Author, and Philosopher.

I commend this book to you, and encourage all who read it to join the movement for change and help to end the ruinous war on drugs. - Cesar Gaviria, former president of Colombia, and member of the Global Commission on Drugs.

Uncompromising, thorough and proactive approach to the topic. - Rachel, Turnaround Blog.

The ‘war on drugs’ is a complete failure that is destroying lives all over the world. It is time to take control.

Legalizing drugs does not mean a free-for-all. It involves ensuring that substances are safe and taking distribution out of the hands of the criminal networks who currently benefit from an illegal market with a turnover of $320 billion a year.

This book is not just a litany of the damage done over the past four decades of drug war - it assesses the careful, progressive attempts at reform by some governments and, more important still, it looks forward to examine exactly how legalized drugs will be produced, distributed and regulated in future. The change is going to come - but this book will put you well ahead of the curve.

Interview with Steve Rolles

Recreational drugs market should be managed by ‘governments not gangsters’, says expert. - The Independent

About the Author

Steve Rolles is a writer and policy analyst at drug reform organization, Transform. He was lead author on After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation. He is a regular contributor to the public debate on drug policy and law in the media.

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-3960
Publication date: May 2017
Dimensions: 180mm x 110mm
Page extent: 144

Date added: November 22, 2016

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