- Why did the government approach the first war on drugs in such a haphazard manner? How and why was the second war on drugs handled differently?
- What are the myths in this country about drugs, drug use, and the war on drugs? Where do they come from? How do they differ among different cultures and communities?
- Are people’s myths and fears about some crimes too easily spun into a full-blown panic by social and political spin doctors? Have we over-reacted or underreacted to drug use in our country?
- Should we criticize the media for glamorizing drug use? What blame can we place on the media (big business, movies, TV, music, news) for glamorizing drugs and encouraging young people to experiment?
- What do we know about marijuana today that is based upon scientific research? What do we know about other drugs? Has our knowledge about the effects of drugs increased over time? Does this new knowledge call into question our continued war on drugs?
- How are powerful interest groups trying to define drug policy today? What are their agendas? How does the public perceive the efforts of these groups? How does law enforcement perceive them?
- What are the financial costs of the war on drugs? And, what are the costs, social, political, and economic, of drug use in our society? How can we manage both issues better?
- Drug laws and drug tests in the workplace may be the result of a new form of moral panic. Is the marijuana issue a libertarian issue of free choice or should we control it for the people’s own good?
- How does the first war on drugs compare to the new war on drugs carried out over the past 25 years?
- What would the social impact be if drugs were legalized or if
we abandoned the war on drugs?
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”