Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an organization of ex-cops who have come out against the drug war. These former enforcers of the drug war have witnessed first hand the destruction it has caused, and they are fighting back against it.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, known as LEAP for short, is an organization that was founded in 2002 and is changing the face of the pro-legalization movement. Up until this point the biggest supporters of legalization have been groups such as NORML. Despite their hard work and numerous successes, NORML is still seen as a bunch of spacey stoners. LEAP was modeled on the successful Vietnam Vets Against the War. While many in the anti-war movement of the 60’s were typecast as potheads, this wasn’t possible with the people who had fought in the war first hand. The drug warriors cannot make the accusation that these former drug enforcers simply want to get high.
LEAP specializes in providing speakers who have first-hand knowledge of the drug war. They work extensively with Students for a Sensible Drug Policy to provide speakers for colleges and high schools, but also speak at other conventions. Similar to Vietnam Vets, these speakers tell first hand stories of how they destroyed people’s lives, and their co-workers who senselessly lost their lives. Almost unanimously, they say they got involved in LEAP to atone for the harm and suffering they had caused.
LEAP’s stated goal is to reduce the harm caused by the drug war. To achieve this end these former drug warriors have decided the only effective way is complete and total legalization. While this is their ultimate goal they also support medical marijuana and decriminalization efforts. They insist that these are only incremental steps and continue pushing for complete legalization after each incremental passage.
Membership in LEAP is open to anyone, but only veterans of the drug war can serve on its board of directors. If you are currently working in drug enforcement and would like to join, LEAP promises to keep your identity a secret. LEAP has produced a short introduction video which everyone should watch. As the late; great Walter Cronkite said, “It is a must-see for any journalist or public official dealing with this issue.”
LEAP video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LayaGk0TMDc
Official Website- http://www.leap.cc/