Criminal Law and Philosophy

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 99–119 | Cite as

Toward Drug Control: Exclusion and Buyer Licensing

  • Jim LeitzelEmail author


The uncertainties associated with the precise nature of legalization regimes and with their expected outcomes sometimes are used to justify the maintenance of drug prohibition. This paper details the role that buyer licensing and exclusion might play in implementing a low-risk, post-prohibition drug regulatory regime. Buyer licensing and exclusion provide assistance to those who exhibit or are worried about self-control problems with drugs, while not being significantly constraining upon those who are informed and satisfied drug consumers. Relative to prohibition, licensing and self-exclusion can be part of a drug regulatory structure that is much more finely tuned to the risks of harms stemming from drug use.


Drugs Alcohol Self-exclusion Licensing Prohibition Robustness 



I would like to thank Stuart Green, Kyron Huigens, and other symposium participants for helpful comments on an earlier draft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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