Ad Policy

Alfred R. Lindesmith

  • March 16, 1957

    DOPE: Congress Encourages the Traffic

    Both the 1951 and 1956 enactments, as well as the hearings and recommendations of the Congressional subcommittees which led to their passage, reflect conceptions of justice and penology which can only be adequately described as medieval and sadistic. One of the basic injustices of the narcotic laws in general, and of the recent laws in particular, is that the penalties fall mainly upon the victims of the traffic—the addicts—rather than upon the dope racketeers against whom they are designed.

    Alfred R. Lindesmith

  • Drug War and Drug PolicyApril 25, 1956

    Traffic in Dope: Medical Problem

    The disastrous consequences of turning over to the police what is an essentially medical problem are steadily becoming more apparent’ as narcotic arrests rise each year to new records and the habit continues to spread, especially among young people. Control by prohibition has failed, but the proposed remedies for this failure consist mainly of more of the same measures which have already proved futile.

    Alfred R. Lindesmith