Toward Drug Control: Exclusion and Buyer Licensing

39 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2011

Date Written: August 8, 2011


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.

Keywords: Drugs, Alcohol, Self-exclusion, Licensing, Prohibition, Robustness

JEL Classification: I18, K10, K49, L51, L83

Suggested Citation

Leitzel, James A., Toward Drug Control: Exclusion and Buyer Licensing (August 8, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

James A. Leitzel (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

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