It’s time to admit we’ve lost the war on drugs — and to take the radical course of legalizing all of them, University of Windsor law professor emeritus Bill Bogart says in his new book.
“Look, there is no perfect answer here. We will always have people using substances,” said Bogart, whose book Off the Street: Legalizing Drugs was released Nov. 12 on Dundurn Press.
“The notion of a drug-free world is a fantasy. And so we have to figure out the least harmful way to address substance consumption.”
A 280-page analysis, Off the Street proposes what is admittedly a “controversial pathway” regarding recreational drugs — a shift from criminalization to regulation.
The first step is conceding that the so-called War on Drugs declared by the U.S. government more than 40 years ago has been an abject failure. “It has not achieved its central objective, which was to suppress drug use,” Bogart argued.
Indeed, Bogart said statistics show use of some drugs has actually increased. And beyond that, the war has had deep collateral costs.