Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a pro-legalization advocacy group made of active and retired police, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens, FBI and DEA agents and others. Members of the group have been on the front lines in the war on drugs and that is where they get their credability. LEAP members are conscientious objectors to the war on drugs. Their purpose is to end the drug war entirely, not just for marijuana.
LEAP has two main goals as stated in their mission statement. Those are:
- To educate the public, the media, and policy makers, to the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition and
- To restore the public’s respect for law enforcement, which has been greatly diminished by its involvement in imposing drug prohibition.
The group’s headquarters is in the United States but it is very much an international effort. Since its beginning in 2002 LEAP has spread to over 80 countries across the globe. LEAP has over 100 speakers that spread their message at all kinds of public events worldwide. LEAP speakers were featured in the Canadian documentary “Damage Done – A Drug War Odyessy”, very good documentary. The LEAP multimedia site has lots of videos of their speakers in action (well worth the time to check out these videos). Also check out the official promotional video below
The fact that LEAP members are the very people fighting the war on drugs makes them hard to dismiss. You can’t say that LEAP speakers do not know what they are talking about. Activist groups like NORML or MPP have very knowledgeable members but they aren’t cops. The general public who is ignorant to the ills of prohibition is more likely to listen to the police. That is why the DARE program has gained so much momentum, except DARE straight up lies to our children. I’ll end with a quote from LEAP speaker, Jay Fleming
There are no gangs fighting over whiskey territories. Drug prohibition creates a black market with enormous profits that attracts criminals and gangs. With drugs literally worth their weight in gold, as long as people can grow gold in their basement this will not stop.