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Legalizing Laetrile


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  • Product Description

    This case describes the legalization of Laetrile, a purported natural cancer treatment, by the New Jersey legislature and the subsequent resistance by the state health department.

    Learning Objective:
    It considers both the policy dilemma of whether a democratic government ought to curtail the market freedoms of citizens for their own good, and the process dilemma of whether legislators and bureaucrats should use their discretion according to their own moral judgment.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1980
    HKS Case Number: 727.0
    Case Author: Dennis Thompson, Marion Smiley and Robert Rich
    Faculty Lead: Dennis Thompson and Marion Smiley and Robert Rich
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 15
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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