Drug abuse and addiction are a public health issue, not a criminal justice one. Making that change happen begins with courageous police officers speaking out about the injustice and ineffectiveness they’ve witnessed firsthand while fighting the War on Drugs.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of police, prosecutors, judges, and other law enforcement professionals fighting to end the War on Drugs, know there’s a long way go before drug abuse and addiction are treated as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice one. Happily, we’re just the right people for the job – surveys have shown that law enforcement officers are some of the most effective speakers in convincing voters to support marijuana legalization.
It’s incredibly brave for Law Enforcement officers to speak out at any stage of their career, including after they’re retired; It’s particularly difficult for active duty officers who fear both personal and professional consequences for speaking out about the injustice and ineffectiveness they’ve witnessed while fighting the War on Drugs.
Sadly, there is a history of law enforcement officers being penalized for speaking out against unjust laws. In 1999, a Vancouver officer, one of the earliest law enforcement advocates for drug policy reform, was discouraged from speaking out by his department. Six years later, it was a police sergeant in Washington State who was fired after speaking in favor of marijuana decriminalization. Four years after that, it happened to a U.S. Border Patrol agent. And there have been many more.
Currently, that battle involves a British Columbia police officer, a LEAP speaker who has stepped before a human rights tribunal to challenge unlawful and discriminatory orders that prohibited him from publicly discussing the drug war while off-duty. His case could lead to a precedent that has the potential to change the environment in which police debate important public policy matters.
Continue the fight and allow LEAP to recruit more active duty officers. To keep booking presentations, recruiting more active duty police officers, and fighting for the right of current law enforcement professionals to speak out about how and why the War on Drugs has failed, we need you to join the “Help Police Speak Out Against the War on Drugs” campaign today.
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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.
Please donate to LEAP so they can continue working to ensure an environment in which police officers are able to speak out about their own experiences without fear of losing their jobs. Protect their rights; they are fighting to protect yours.
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