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Not all cops favor marijuana prohibition

Law_Enforcement_Against_Prohibition_logoWhile there are monetary incentives for police to keep the status quo, not all cops think marijuana prohibition is a good idea.

There’s even an organized group of us who are fighting to end the drug war every day. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is an organization of criminal justice professionals who want to end marijuana prohibition for the same reasons that alcohol prohibition failed us in the 1920s — violent criminal enterprises become obscenely wealthy, and corruption is bred into the ranks of even the most honorable police departments.

“Controlled substance” is a bit of a misnomer. Prohibiting marijuana is simply living under the impression that prohibiting a drug, and creating ever-increasing punishments for it, will deter people from using it.

We’ve been at this more than 40 years, and we don’t have a single positive result — not a single benchmark by which to measure any shred of progress. As a result of the prohibition of marijuana, there is not less marijuana, but more. There is not less crime, but more. Respect for law enforcement has not increased, but diminished.

Prohibiting marijuana gives control of distribution to street gangs and cartels.

It is time that we put our law enforcement resources toward violent crimes and more important matters. You don’t have to have ever used the substance to agree we need a change in our public health and safety policies.

If you’re concerned there are no cops on your side, visit LEAP.cc to find out more.

By: Larry Talley

Larry Talley is a retired U.S. Navy intelligence specialist who once worked with drug eradication task forces. He is now a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of criminal justice professionals opposed to the war on drugs.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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