Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess & How We Can Get Out

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Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess & How We Can Get Out


Levinson, Martin H., et Cetera


Mike Gray. Drug Crazy: How We Got Into this Mess & How We Can Get Out. New York: Random House, 1998.

Mike Gray, the author of The China Syndrome, has written a well-documented although one-sided condemnation of the federal government's more than 80-year-old war on drugs. In Drug Crazy you will learn about the racial bias that motivated our original drug laws; something about the zealous personal idiosyncrasies of those who influenced the harsh direction the laws would take; and the cynical and corrupt political climate that results from the enforcement of such harsh drug laws.

The author does a good job in detailing the human and economic costs of the drug war as he talks about the failure of crop eradication in source countries, the hopeless task of sealing the border, the erosion of the Bill of Rights, and the unfairness of drug sentencing. Gray is obviously a man on a mission but he overreaches. Comparisons with Britain, Holland, and Switzerland are off base because every country has its own norms and mores regarding not only drugs but how people view their own society. …

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