Jack A Cole
LEAP is the most credible organization for convincing the public, the media, and the policymakers that we must end the drug war and treat drug abuse as a health problem not a crime problem. But we can't do that without your help. Please donate.
LEAP is an international nonprofit educational organization founded by five police officers, but now representing well over 150,000 police, judges, prosecutors, prison officials, federal agents, and supporters in 120 countries. In January 2014, LEAP was accepted as an NGO with consultant status to the United Nations Commission on Dangerous Drugs.
We believe the U.S. instigated war on drugs is not only a failure but worse; it is a self-perpetuating, constantly expanding policy disaster. LEAP members know that only legalized regulation of all drugs will end the violence, while lowering the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction—without destroying generations of our young by arrest and imprisonment.
LEAP wants to end drug prohibition just as we ended alcohol prohibition in the United States in 1933. When we ended that nasty law we put Al Capone and his smuggling buddies out of business overnight and we can do the same to the drug lords and terrorist who today make over 500 billion dollars a year selling illegal drugs around the world.
Legalized regulation of drugs will remove them from the control of the criminals ending the violence and the property crimes that are a result of prohibition of those drugs. That means drug dealers will no longer be shooting each other to protect their turf, no longer killing our children caught in crossfire or drive-by shootings, no longer killing cops charged with fighting this useless war.
Regulation with standardized measurement of the drugs purity will virtually end unintended overdose deaths. People die because they don’t know how much of the tiny package of powder they purchase is really the drug and how much is the cutting agent. Too much drug and the user is dead. In an illegal, unregulated market they will never know what is in that package.
Legalization will also prevent half of all potential cases of AIDS and Hepatitis because according to the US Center for Disease Control 50% of all new cases can be traced back to intravenous drug users sharing needles, which they will no longer have to do.
We can then treat drug abuse as a health problem instead of a crime problem and save the lives of our children, which we are now sacrificing at the altar of this terrible war at the U.S. rate of 1.7 million arrests per year; and instead, restore them as productive members of society.
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