Pubdate: Sat, 29 Jan 2005
Source: Ocean County Observer (NJ)
Copyright: 2005 Ocean County Observer
Author: Stephen Heath
Cited: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


Terrence Farley's latest letter to your newspaper is purportedly
inspired by his feeling that readers need to hear "from a law
enforcement perspective".

He then goes on to enumerate his belief that various criminal
prohibition-style responses to the very real societal problems of drug
abuse have merit and should be expanded.

Readers should know that Farley's "law enforcement" point of view is
but one within the field. A growing group of police, judges and others
in criminal justice -- current and retired -- are speaking out against
more expansion of status-quo policies. They have organized as Law
Enforcement Against Prohibition.

LEAP states with authority that no matter how many people we arrrest
and imprison for illegal drug use or sales, the problem will never
relent as long as such drugs have their distribution controlled by
criminal gangs and cartels. LEAP suggests a much smarter solution.

We should respond to illegal drug distribution just as we did in 1933
in response to the criminal distribution of the dangerous and popular
drug alcohol. Remove the dealing from the streets and into a licensed
and regulated marketplace. Such a system is not without flaws, but is
far preferable to ceding control of sales to unlicensed dealers who
conduct violence in our neighborhoods and who actively market to minors.

Most important, casual and responsible users of any drugs -- most
notably medical marijuana, to which Farley has in the past stated his
opposition -- will no longer have to fear police arresting them and
giving them a lifetime criminal record.


Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Clearwater, Fla.
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