Using the best scientific evidence, Drugs: America's Holy War explores the impact and cost of America’s "War on Drugs" – both in tax spending and in human terms. Is it possible that US drug policies are helping to proliferate, not prevent, a multitude of social ills including: homicide, property crime, the spread of AIDS, the contamination of drugs, the erosion of civil liberties, the punishment of thousands of non-violent people, the corruption of public officials, and the spending of billions of tax dollars in an attempt to prevent certain drugs from entering the country?

In this controversial new book, award-winning economist Arthur Benavie analyzes the research findings and argues that an end to the war on drugs, much as we ended alcohol prohibition, would yield enormous international benefits, destroy dangerous and illegal drug cartels, and allow the American government to refocus its attention on public well-being.

part |2 pages

PART I Background

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 2|8 pages

The Birth of the Drug War

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PART II Damage from the Drug War

chapter |4 pages


chapter 3|8 pages


chapter 4|13 pages

Public Health

chapter 5|11 pages

Civil Liberties

chapter 6|5 pages

Social Cohesion

chapter 7|11 pages

Your Tax Dollars at Work

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PART III The Federal Government's Case for the Drug War

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PART IV Beyond the Drug War

chapter 12|5 pages

Harm Reduction Instead of War

chapter 13|3 pages

Legalizing Marijuana

chapter 14|9 pages

Reforming the Laws on Hard Drugs

chapter 15|3 pages

Questions and Answers