“I have to make sure I don't engage in conversations with people who don't abide by the rules of evidence.” - Dr. Carl Hart

New Book


I wrote this book to present a more realistic image of the typical drug user: a responsible professional who happens to use drugs in his pursuit of happiness. Also, I wanted to remind the public that no benevolent government should forbid autonomous adults from altering their consciousness, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.

After reading this book, I hope you will be less likely to vilify individuals merely because they use drugs. That thinking has led to an incalculable number of deaths and an enormous amount of suffering. I am confident that you will come away with an appreciation for the prodigious potential good derived from drug use and a deeper understanding of why so many responsible grown-ups engage in this behavior.

If the ideas expressed in this book are embraced, we can get on with the business of treating each other better and enjoying more meaningful and fulfilling lives. And isn’t that what we all want?

Hardcover edition.
Paperback edition.
Articles, Media, & Appearances
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Is the United States in the Grips of a Heroin Epidemic?

The panel asked smart questions about heroin. My answers may surprise you.

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Drug Policy

Testing Positive for Marijuana Does Not Indicate Impairment

It is important that our laws focus on impairment rather than on simply whether a substance had been found in a person’s system.

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Drug Policy

Why You Should Stop Hiding Your Marijuana Use

Americans have been cowards on drug use.

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Drug Policy

What happens after nonviolent drug offenders are released?

President Obama has the stingiest record for presidential clemency among presidents in modern history. He has granted fewer pardons than presidents before him. But Obama is ready to change that: He is planning to grant clemency to hundreds, possibly thousands, of non-violent drug offenders.


Nobody wants to live in a drug-free world

Here’s an interview I did with Open democracy. This video might be the best case against the drug war ever made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjnyNene03w

"Science should be driving our drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable."

-Dr. Carl Hart

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