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Law in association with the criminalisation of certain drugs.

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  • Essay length: 4021 words
  • Submitted: 03/06/2005
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GCSE Law

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LAW 206 Assignment

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1.0 - Introduction

The criminalisation of the use of certain drugs over the last century has been a result of economic, political and cultural factors, rather than an assessment of its potential harm to society.1 This has resulted in statutes that are counter-productive in controlling the drug problem. Criminalisation aims to protect individuals and society from the myriad of harms that drugs cause. Yet, prohibition has created more harm to society through an increase in health problems and crime.

The public, politicians, police and media are inextricably linked, and together they emphasise the importance of drug prohibition. A society can only exist when there are shared norms and values, and politicians in particular consider the intoxication of illicit substances as a threat to social decorum and order.2 Therefore, drug use and its prohibition must be assessed 'as part of a larger and more inclusive social framework.'3

2.0 - The Counter-Productivity of Criminalisation

The statutes pertaining to the criminalisation of drugs over the last century have been counter-productive in relation to its impact on health and crime. The covert nature of drug abuse facilitates the spread

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