Police Organization Wants Marijuana Legalized In Florida

FLORIDA: Ray Strack worked as a U.S. Customs special agent on JFK International Airport’s drug squad in New York during his 27-year career. He constantly busted people — two per day on average — who were attempting to smuggle narcotics into the country. But today, the now-retired Strack is working to get drugs legalized.

As a spokesperson for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit organization founded in 2002, Strack is part of a movement of police officers and government agents who decry the country’s failed drug policies. Prohibition, they say, only increases the value of illicit substances and creates incentive for dealers to profit.

It does nothing to stop drug use, yet criminalization sends too many people to jail and destroys families. Permitting drugs while closely regulating them, LEAP posits, would free up resources for officers to instead tackle violent crime. As Florida grapples with the possibility of legalizing marijuana in the coming year, LEAP is looking to get into the conversation.

 

Marijuana Ads To Air In Major Texas Cities

TEXAS: It’s the final push for a group wanting to decriminalize marijuana in Texas.

A cable TV ad began airing Tuesday in a few major cities, including San Antonio. The ad is in support of a bill that would make having under an ounce of pot only a citation offense. But local law enforcement says some of the commercial’s arguments don’t add up.

In the ad, Russell Jones, a former narcotics officer in California and current Texas Hill Country resident, says “Law enforcement officials have more important things to do with their time” than arrest people for possessing pot.

Though he is a proponent of legalizing the drug, Jones told KSAT he’s backing the decriminalization bill, because “I think people in Texas are ready to have this discussion.”

What Are The Real Motives Behind Asset Seizures?

MICHIGAN:  “I had a team of people and their only job was to find me money,” said retired Maryland State Police Narcotics Commander Maj. Neill Franklin.

Franklin is the executive director of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He now travels the world speaking on behalf of legalizing marijuana.

It isn’t that the church-going, former undercover officer is a fan of the drug, but his 34 years in law enforcement have convinced him that the war on drugs has failed and is now mostly a money-making arm for police departments small and large.

“At the beginning, we really thought that we could keep drugs out of our communities but when I was assigned to the division of corrections investigative unit, I realized we couldn’t [even] keep drugs out of our most secure buildings in our state, which were our prisons,” Franklin said.

 

Husband And Wife Each Running For Congress In Virginia

VIRGINIA:  Dr. Ken and Elaine Hildebrandt made Virginia history this year as the first husband and wife on the ballots for Congress. Ken is running in the 5th district, as he did in 2012, and Elaine is running in the 6th. As Chris Hurst, news anchor at WDBJ7 recently reported, “The main plank in their platform, industrial hemp.”

The Hildebrandts favor industrial hemp as the economic shot in the arm our nation and Virginia needs now. Hemp was called a “NEW BILLION-DOLLAR CROP” in the February 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine and has been estimated to be over a trillion dollar crop now, yet it‘s illegal. Hemp can be used to make over 25,000 products including fuel (enough to lower our dependence on foreign oil and perhaps even eliminate it entirely), food, fiber and medicine. The Hildebrandts say we need to stop outlawing solutions, particularly enormous ones like this.

Regarding hemp’s cousin marijuana, the Hildebrandts point out that when law enforcement are busy chasing over ¾ of a million people for plant possession each year that means more real criminals will be at large as a result, which is simple deductive reasoning. They claim statistics back this up, with only 1 of 10 getting away with murder in the US in the 60s, whereas now it’s over 1 of 3. They also invite people to check out LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, established in 2002, to demonstrate they’re hardly alone in their views regarding this issue.

Elaine and Ken bring up other simple yet profound solutions via their campaign sites.
Neither campaign is asking for contributions of money they say few can afford but rather contributions of effort asking others to pass on word of their campaigns. The Hildebrandts both feel they will have very good chances of winning if included in the debate(s). Should not all candidates on the ballot be included so voters can make informed decisions, they ask.

 

Former Undercover Cop & Co-Founder Of LEAP Jack Cole Wants All Drugs Legalized

MASSACHUSETTS: Jack Cole, who spent 26 years with the New Jersey State Police and the majority of his 14 years in their Narcotics Bureau undercover, co-founded the Medford-based organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) with one goal in mind: To end the war on drugs by completely legalizing all taboo narcotics. [Read more…]

Former Undercover Cop & Co-Founder Of LEAP Jack Cole Wants All Drugs Legalized

MASSACHUSETTS: Jack Cole, who spent 26 years with the New Jersey State Police and the majority of his 14 years in their Narcotics Bureau undercover, co-founded the Medford-based organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) with one goal in mind: To end the war on drugs by completely legalizing all taboo narcotics. [Read more…]