The Harm Principle and the Case Against the Legalization of Drugs Despite years, and even decades, of philosophical and ethical debate over the issue of drug legalization, the matter remains as contentious as ever. And diverse, and even compelling, lines of reasoning can be found on both sides of the argument. Many such arguments are framed around the Harm Principle and lead to claims for the legalization of drugs. But, as subsequent reasoning shows, proper application of the Harm Principle leads to the conclusion that drugs should not be legalized. Using the Harm Principle to Support Legalization of Drugs Ethical arguments for drug legalization based on the Harm Principle are relatively simplistic. The Harm Principle is based on...The end:
.....substances. And furthermore, while it is true that alcohol and nicotine are harmful to the body, these substances do not destroy the user's humanity; tobacco shortens one's life, cocaine destroys it (Wilson 305). And finally, legalization of drugs subverts justice because drugs harm people. In the final analysis, it, thus, becomes evident that the proper application of the Harm Principle leads to the conclusion that drugs should not be legalized. WORKS CITED Chapter IV: Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual. Chapter V: On the Connection between Justice and Utility. Nadelmann, Ethan. The Case for Legalization. Liberty Issues. Shapiro, Daniel. Addiction and Drug Policy. Wilson, James. Against the Legalization of Drugs.