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London on Legalization of Drugs - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
November 12th, 2004
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London on Legalization of Drugs
Following the arrest of Israeli mafioso Ze'ev Rosenstein in the hopes of extradition to the US on charges of drug trafficking, Yaron London writes in Ynet about the damage caused by the illegality of drugs, and suggests reconsideration of the balance of benefits and damages of the status quo versus legalization (Hebrew). One of the comments posted to the item, purportedly by a lecturer on criminology, accuses London of ignorance and stupidity (Hebrew). The lecturer's argumentation strikes me as embarrasingly weak and far less intelligent than London's in his article, and I wonder (all the time assuming it really is a criminologist writing this): is this representative of criminologist thought on drugs? If it is, I'm quite disappointed.

Can anyone offer information about what criminologists think of the matter? I don't mean specifics, and have no time to read articles on the matter, so don't bother yourself to find any for me (I could do it myself); I'm asking whether any of you happens to know a little about the state of affairs in the field of criminology in this respect, and can offer me your opinion on that comment's representativeness.

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From:guygrobler
Date:November 13th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
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i dont know too much of the state of affairs... but i do know this:
Criminologists like any other proffesion that specializes in their field - not only think they know best but are also too caught up in it to be practical.

off course London is right and i can say this even without reading his aritcal (though i found a way to look at ynet articals from here [proxy])

there is need for a chance, not as radical a change as was done in Amsterdam (i think theyve over done it there... its a complete Soddom and Gmorra and thats coming from a complete liberal like myself)... but there is room for change... defintly.

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