Archive: Alan Young on Decriminalizing Drugs

Studio 2

Law Professor Alan Young has ruffled some feathers in the legal profession with his book "Justice Defiled: Perverts, Potheads, Serial Killers and Lawyers". He believes that drug use should be decriminalized, his argument being that too much money and court time is being used in the prosecution of drug users. He believes that if recreational drug use, including heroin and cocaine, was legal, the majority of people would use them responsibly. However, he concedes that some would not and possibly more users would become addicted. He also believes prostitution should be decriminalized. He takes a swing at his own profession, which he says is rife with hypocrisy and greed, and at the use of plea bargaining, which he sees as a sham, used only by lawyers to ditch unprofitable cases quickly. (Originally aired November 2003)
Nov 06, 2003
Thinking of your experience with, how likely are you to recommend to a friend or colleague?
Not at all Likely
Extremely Likely

OPINION: COVID-19 gave farmers a chance to tout the benefits of domestic food production. Instead, they raised prices more than ever.

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province. 

The new variant, key legislation, and the craziest leadership convention Steve Paikin ever saw.
A new variant panic, a business registry debacle, and an eye exam truce.
OPINION: Last week, councillors voted against expanding the city’s urban-growth boundary. Ontario has the power to overturn that decision, and it’s hinting it might use it.

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province

OPINION: ICU occupancy remains low. Vaccines are now approved for kids. But now that we’re starting to let our guard down, a whole lot of pent-up stress is coming out.
OPINION: Many Canadians don’t have a little plastic jug with bagged milk in their fridge. New research suggests they should.

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province.