L.E.A.P.: Why Legalize Drugs?
We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable…History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse.
In America, “THEY” don’t want you to know about the complete and utter failure of the War on Drugs. Or that Organizations of Law Enforcement are joining together to Rally Against It!
1 minute+ out of 90:00 minutes, of a 6 year old documentary called; DAMAGE DONE: The Drug War Odyssey, is all that can be found on YouTube. A complete Ban. Everything else they have in it’s place is not nearly as good.
We had to go to a French Website in order to locate a couple of 20 minute video clips. It being an election year, they don’t want you to know that both the Democrats and the Republicans support a completely flawed concept of prohibition, when they for sure know it doesn’t work.
Normally, you can find most movies after just a couple of months online. Even if they have been cut into a dozen or more short clips or parts.
Not “Damage Done”-The Drug War Odyssey. 1 minute out of 90 on all of YouTube, is a pretty clear signal of censorship.
Here are the three clips we found in France. English Version. If the Embeds don’t take, we have included ‘links’ to the website page with the particular video featured on it.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION (L.E.A.P.)
L.E.A.P.: Why Legalize Drugs?
We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable – while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.
History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.
We believe that by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulation and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could focus more on crimes of violence, such as rape, aggravated assault, child abuse and murder, making our communities much safer. We believe that sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. We believe that in a regulated and controlled environment, drugs will be safer for adult use and less accessible to our children. And we believe that by placing drug abuse in the hands of medical professionals instead of the criminal justice system, we will reduce rates of addiction and overdose deaths.
The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of harms resulting from fighting the War on Drugs and to lessen the rates of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition.
LEAP has two primary goals:
To educate the public, the media and policymakers about the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug use and the elevated crime rates more properly related to drug prohibition than to drug pharmacology.
To restore the public’s respect for law enforcement, which has been greatly diminished by its involvement in imposing drug prohibition.
LEAP’s main strategy for accomplishing these goals is to create a constantly growing speakers bureau staffed with knowledgeable and articulate former drug-warriors who describe the impact of current drug policies on police/community relations, the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects, police corruption and misconduct, and the excessive financial and human costs associated with current drug polices.
Legalization vs. Decriminalization
LEAP is a drug law reform organization that believes legalized regulation is the only ethical and efficient way to undo the damage caused by the War on Drugs. Legalized regulation would result in a system in which the sale and distribution of drugs is regulated by a government body similar to the regulation of alcohol and tobacco, thereby inhibiting, and eventually removing, the criminal monopoly on the sale of current illicit drugs.
LEAP does support incremental change, which the organization believes ultimately betters the lives of United States citizens.
LEAP has supported bills which would decriminalize up to one ounce of marijuana, legalize medical marijuana, and implement harm reduction strategies in communities. According to LEAP, their support for incremental change does not conflict with their stance on legalization because they see these steps as means to an end, not ends in themselves.
Retired Superior Court Judge James P. Gray testifies in favor of a marijuana legalization bill in the California Assembly on October 28, 2009. Judge Gray is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which any citizen can join for free at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com.