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23 Crim. Just. Pol'y Rev. 3 (2012)

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                                                          Criminal Justice Policy Review
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Tammy S. Garland', Vic W. Bumphus',
and Sara A. Knox'

Numerous studies have focused on issues dealing with students' attitudes toward drug
use. Although these studies have examined attitudes toward drug use, there has been
little research focusing on drug policy attitudes. Although some research has been
conducted on attitudes of students and professionals regarding criminal justice policies,
the literature has not directly addressed the perceptions of students regarding specific
drug policies in the United States. Using data collected from 294 students enrolled
at a southern university, this study examined criminal justice/legal studies majors'
and nonmajors' perceptions regarding current drug policy and demographic factors
influence these perceptions. Findings revealed little variation in overall attitudes among
the two study cohorts; however, college major emerged as a significant predictor of
more tolerant marijuana attitudes.

drug policy, marijuana, attitudes

Introduction and Review of Literature

The war on drugs has been waging for more than three decades, and the possibility
of an end seems unattainable. Current, punitive arrest and incarceration policies have
placed an inordinate number of individuals under the control of the criminal justice
system. Moreover, the United States continues to spend billions of taxpayer dollars

'The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Corresponding Author:
Tammy S. Garland, 615 McCallie Avenue, Department 3203, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Email: Tammy-Garland@utc.edu

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