Mr. Cole traveled to Providence recently to help Mr. Miller craft a strategy. He often wears a badge that reads: "Cops Say Legalize Drugs. Ask Me Why."
In his standard speech, he describes the epiphany he experienced early in his career as an undercover narcotics investigator. "I learned firsthand of the family-destroying consequences of sending drug users [often mothers and fathers] to jail. I can't think of a better policy for creating the next generation of drug addicts than to remove parents from children," he said. "I also realized that when police arrested a robber or rapist they made the community safer for everyone but when I arrested a drug pusher, I simply created a job opening for someone in a long line of people willing to take his place."
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
LEAP Featured in Wall Street Journal Article!
Former undercover narcotics detective and current LEAP executive director Jack Cole was featured in the Wall Street Journal today.
The piece, by Joel Millman, focuses on the state of Rhode Island's ongoing review and revision of its marijuana laws as an example of how the nation as a whole is reconsidering the decades-old "drug war" approach.
Please, if you have a Digg account (or even just a Facebook one), make sure to Digg this piece so that more people get the opportunity to read it and learn about LEAP's drug-legalizing cops.
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