Monday, August 21, 2006

Fight the War on Drugs by Stopping the War

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or LEAP - has a new promotional video on the dangerous effects of Prohibition.

Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs.

Although those who speak publicly for LEAP are people from the law enforcement and criminal justice communities, a large number of our supporting members do not have such experience. You don't have to have law enforcement experience to join us.

By continuing to fight the so-called "War on Drugs", the US government has worsened these problems of society instead of alleviating them. A system of regulation and control of these substances (by the government, replacing the current system of control by the black market) would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical and more effective public policy.
While I disagree that the remedy to the "drug problem" is to give Government more regulatory powers - remember, the Government decreed Prohibition - I wholeheartedly support their efforts to end Prohibition.

HT: Radley Balko of the Agitator

Crossposted to Dust My Broom