The Harm Principle and the Case Against the Legalization of Drugs

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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. 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 no adequate conclusion that drugs should 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...
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.....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). In the final analysis, it thus becomes evident that the proper application of the Harm Principle leads to no final conclusion that drugs should be legalized.
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