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Operation Intercept: The Multiple Consequences of Public Policy analyzes the taken-for-granted reality of the search-and-destroy anti-marihuana legislation. This book focuses on the Operation Intercept, a policy that aims to control the importation of illegal drugs, marihuana in particular, across the United States-Mexican border. Chapter 1 discusses the objectives of Operation Intercept and the factors and assumptions underlying this policy. Chapter 2 examines the availability of marihuana during the Operation Intercept period and the unanticipated consequences of such policy decision. Chapter 3 presents data that confirms marihuana shortage in New York City during the summer and early fall of 1969. Lastly, Chapter 4 provides an appraisal of anti-drug policies in the past and an examination of the general drug abuse problem in the United States. Sociologists who are interested in deviant behavior and social problems will find this book invaluable.
1. Operation Intercept: The Policy and the Research Problem
Factors and Assumptions Underlying the New Public Policy
Operation Intercept: Immediate, Intermediate, and Ultimate Goals
Purpose of the Study, Applied Theoretical Perspectives, and Hypotheses
Formulation of the Research Problem and Methodology
2. The Multiple Consequences of Operation Intercept
The Availability of Marijuana During the Operation Intercept Era
Behavioral Reactions to the General Marijuana Shortage
Abstaining and Decreased Drug Use
Switching: The Availability and Use of Drugs Other than Marijuana
Attitudinal Responses to the Government Policy
3. Analysis of the Findings: Public Policy and the Drug Abuse Problem
Additional Evidence Concerning the Unanticipated Consequences of Operation Intercept
The Social Context of Operation Intercept: An Examination of Contingent Conditions
Traditional Controls in a Decade of Change
The Ineffectiveness of Traditional Controls and the Formation of the Operation Intercept Policy
An Analysis of the Differential Effects of Operation Intercept
4. Operation Intercept: Past, Present, and Future
Appendix I. Members of the Narcotics, Marijuana and Dangerous Drugs Task Force
II. The Interview Guide
III. Findings from Gross Point Study: Interview Excerpts
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- © Pergamon 1974
- 1st January 1974
- eBook ISBN:
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