Sunday, January 18, 2015

DEA Gets it Right

I'm glad to see DEA is getting it right when it comes to pain medications, and who needs to be arrested.

Here in Arizona DEA has a tip line to report People who are selling or abusing their medications. You can text a tip to TIP411, or go to www.DEA.gov This is something new for DEA, and a step in the right direction. There are bad physicians out there, but most try to follow the law.

If a physician does their best to detect patients who may abuse their medications, educate them. Physicians need to check medical histories, do needed tests to identify a reason for a patients pain, and tritrate the dose for that patient.

Pain management is complicated, the physician must be as much a psychiatrist, as medical doctor. They need to spend time with patients and ask the right questions. If a patient is in a bad domestic situation, they are more likely to abuse their medications. Physicians need to spend the 15 minutes they bill for, with the patient.

I'm glad DEA is getting it right when it comes to pain medications, and arresting the bad patients, and physicians. Every time a patient lies to a physician, then gets caught selling their pills, it makes it so much harder for legitimate patients who are grateful for the pain relief they get, and wouldn't do anything to screw it up.

Like in any profession, their are greedy physicians out there. If they treat pain patients, and fail to do their due diligence to prevent diversion, just hand out prescriptions, or defraud insurance companies, every time a physician is arrested, it creates a chilling effect on other physicians who treat pain.

Like anything, it's about education.... When physicians tell patients that it's all DEA's fault, they believe it. When I've explained what's going on to physicians, they're surprised, and stop blaming DEA for everything.

With states legalizing marijuana, people who use marijuana will feel free to call DEA and tell them who's selling pills at the local high school. But it's going to be a while, we need to build trust, rebuild relations where the cop is the good guy again. I know we can do it, when I first got into law enforcement, we were the one's people ran to, not away from.













Thursday, January 15, 2015

CO Chiefs Host Discussion About Enforcing Marijuana Regulations

Contact: Darby Beck                                                                                       For Immediate Release:
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COLORADO POLICE CHIEFS HOST MARIJUANA SUMMIT, DISCUSS LEGALIZATION IMPACT

Legalization Allows Police to More Directly Confront Problems Arising from Use of Any Drug

The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police are hosting a conference this week to discuss the impact of legal marijuana on law enforcement and public safety one year after recreational dispensaries opened in the state. The conference offers recommendations for dealing with marijuana-related issues under a legal framework in which police are able to work with growers, distributors and others to ensure consumers are protected, that criminals do not profit from sales and that the drug is not available to children.

“This conference is the result of smart regulation,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “Now that marijuana is sold in a visible, transparent market, enforcement and regulatory bodies can start making recommendations about how to further public safety surrounding the drug. Instead of arresting people for minor marijuana offenses, cops are now ensuring operations are running safely and legally.”

The event lasts three days, beginning Wednesday of this week, and is expected to draw a crowd of almost 500 law enforcement professionals, including representatives from Alaska, which recently voted to legalize marijuana. U.S. Attorney in Colorado John Walsh and the Drug Enforcement Agency’s top officer in the state will also be in attendance.

LEAP is a nonprofit of criminal justice professionals who know the war on drugs has created a public safety nightmare of increased gang violence, police militarization and the fueling of dangerous underground markets.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Press Release: Congress Acts to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients!

Contact: Darby Beck                                                          For Immediate Release:
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CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Spending Bill Defunds Department of Justice Operations Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws

Future of Initiative 71 in DC Remains Unclear

Washington DC–In a stunning victory for medical marijuana advocates, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have included provisions in the omnibus spending bill prohibiting the Department of Justice from using federal funds to interfere with state-legal medical marijuana operations and protecting hemp cultivation for academic and research purposes. Opinions are mixed on what effect the bill might have on the implementation of DC’s Initiative 71, however, which would legalize the adult possession of small amounts of marijuana in the District. Some believe if the bill passes the initiative will remain in place, decriminalizing use but preventing the DC Council from regulating sales, while others think it could overturn the initiative entirely. Congress is set to vote on the bill later this week.

This is a great day for patients and for public safety,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “Congress has finally listened to the vast majority of Americans who believe the federal government has no right to interfere in the personal decision to use medical marijuana made by a patient in consultation with his or her doctor. Law enforcement never should have been a part of that decision and if this amendment passes, they no longer will.”

The medical marijuana provision was adopted from a bipartisan amendment sponsored by Dana Rohrabacher (R, CA) that passed the House in May 219-189. A similar amendment was proposed in the Senate by Senators Rand Paul (R, KY) and Senator Cory Booker (D, NJ) but never received a vote. If passed, it will impact the ability of the DEA to enforce federal laws in the 23 states and DC where medical marijuana is legal and reduce the use of asset forfeiture laws that allow law enforcement to seize assets without ever charging a person with a crime.

The bill now goes to the full Senate and House for approval, then to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group of law enforcement officials who want to end the war on drugs.


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Press Release: Congress May Override DC Home Rule, Block Marijuana Legalization

Contact: Darby Beck                                                          For Immediate Release:
darby.beck@leap.cc                                                           December 9, 2014

CONGRESS MAY OVERRIDE DC HOME RULE, BLOCK MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Concerned Congress is Undermining Democratic Process

Washington DC–The Washington Post is reporting that Congressional efforts may undermine DC home rule and block Initiative 71, despite 70% of District voters casting ballots in favor of the new law. If Congress approves the initiative, adults in DC would legally be able to cultivate and possess marijuana. But some Congressmembers, realizing their colleagues wouldn’t support blocking the initiative directly, undermining home rule and the will of a majority of Americans, have instead included language blocking the measure in the spending bill, which can limit the federal funds DC receives.

“Those who fight sensible marijuana reform risk losing a tremendous amount of political support, even within their own party,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “But those who encourage these new policy changes that are already being demanded by a majority of Americans, will be vindicated as pioneers of intelligent public safety improvements. If democracy still matters to our leaders, they have to listen to the voters.”

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is concerned that blocking marijuana legalization will continue to promote a public safety nightmare of increased gang violence, police militarization and the fueling of dangerous underground markets. Decriminalization does not go far enough because marijuana is still not regulated by any measure of quality of safety standards and drug dealers don't ask for IDs, making the drug far more dangerous and easier for children to obtain.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of law enforcement officials who want to end the war on drugs.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Alaska Follows Oregon's Footsteps to Become 3rd and 4th States to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana!


MEASURE 2 TO LEGALIZE, REGULATE MARIJUANA WINS IN ALASKA!
ANCHORAGE–Alaska passed Measure 2, an initiative to allow adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants by a slim margin early this morning. This measure will establish, license and regulate retail stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturers and testing facilities so consumers will always know that what they're getting is safe, will allow police to focus on violent crime and will ensure that profits benefit the government, not drug cartels. Driving under the influence and public consumption will remain illegal and employers may restrict their employees’ use and localities can ban marijuana establishments though not private possession or cultivation.
The other measure to legalize, regulate and control marijuana on the ballot tonight, Measure 91 in Oregon, passed easily earlier tonight. This makes Oregon and Alaska the third and fourth states to legalize marijuana, after Colorado and Washington and caps off a wonderful night for drug policy reformists that included DC legalizing possession of marijuana and California defelonizing low-level nonviolent drug possession.
“This is a historic day for public safety and for civil rights,” said Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper (Ret.). “Clearly, the people demand change, and their leaders would be wise to follow.”
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of cops, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement officials who want to end the war on drugs.

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California Defelonizes Minor Drug Possession!

PROP 47 TO DEFELONIZE LOW-LEVEL DRUG POSSESSION AND OTHER MINOR, NONVIOLENT CRIMES PASSES IN CALIFORNIA
SACRAMENTO–Proposition 47, the ballot measure to defelonize minor drug possession and other low-level nonviolent crimes passed easily tonight, with the San Francisco Chronice calling the race within an hour of the polls closing, despite dismal voter turnout in the state. The initiative will treat certain crimes as simple misdemeanors, reducing the future prison population and authorizing resentencing for those currently incarcerated for these offenses if they prove they are no longer a threat to public safety. The exemption is a limited one, and will not apply to registered sex offenders or anyone with prior convictions for child molestation, rape or murder. Savings are projected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars and will be redirected to K-12 programs, victim services and mental health and drug treatment.

“This is a win for everyone in California,” said Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Stephen Downing (Ret.). “We’ll save millions keeping nonviolent drug offenders out of state prison, and those resources will be redirected toward public education, victim services, and mental health treatment programs that actually address the problems of addiction.”
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