Thursday, March 5, 2015

Press Release: LEAP Reacts to Sheriffs' Lawsuit Against Colorado Marijuana Law

Contact: Darby Beck                                                                                          For Immediate Release:                                                                                                         March 5, 2015




 Refute Claims of Increased Burden on Police, Cite Public Safety Improvements

Today, sheriffs from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s

marijuana legalization law, Amendment 64. The officers claim the law is

unconstitutional, and that there is increased burden on law enforcement in neighboring


Legalization advocates, including Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, point to the

many positive benefits of legalization, including that it has reduced the burden on law

enforcement within the state, citing the fact that marijuana possession arrests have

dropped 84% in Colorado since 2010. Colorado is also experiencing significant benefits,

including a decreasing unemployment rate, more than $50 million in tax revenue in FY

2014-15, and reduced rates of burglary and homicide.

“Legalizing marijuana has allowed police to focus on real crimes but taken away their

excuse for otherwise unjustified searches and seizures,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.),

executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of criminal justice

professionals opposed to the drug war. “Of course some law enforcement officers are

going to be upset about that. But I would ask those officers to think about why they

joined the force in the first place, why they risk their lives every day just to do their jobs.

I doubt many would say it’s to go after low-level drug offenders, whose lives will largely

be destroyed in the process and whose communities have come to see police as the

enemy. They would say they went into this job because they wanted to protect people, to

be heroes, and it’s about time they recognize that that’s the opposite of what they’re

doing when they defend current drug policy.”

Public safety remains at the forefront of the marijuana legalization debate, with

proponents citing that marijuana is easier for children to obtain where it is illegal, that

arrest and conviction records harm users and that marijuana prohibition causes police

officers to focus disproportionately on drug crimes, leaving violent crimes often

unsolved. For instance, in 2013 there were an estimated 400,000 rape kits in the U.S. that

had yet to be tested because drug testing of imprisoned defendants get prioritized over

other examinations. The U.S. spends about $51 billion dollars per year on drug

enforcement efforts, yet none of the intended goals of drug prohibition have been


Alaska, Washington and Oregon have also legalized recreational marijuana sales. Alaska

and Oregon regulators are in the process of writing the rules for how new marijuana

businesses will operate there, and Washington has joined Colorado as the second state to

safely and successfully sell marijuana legally.



  1. TIMES ARE A CHANGING,FINALLY.................................REALITY WHAT A CONCEPT....!

  2. Terrific, succinct, and on target. Y'all are doing a praiseworthy job for the benefit of this country's Constitution and Bill of Rights. At the end of the day, no where in the General government's Constitution is the government authorized or otherwise empowered to assume ownership over any soul possessed of what our Founders called "unalienable rights". To assume an authority to tell me what I may and may not put into my body is the very presumption of ownership over my body, and my protection is only found in two places - first being my own will as a self-owner claiming rights granted me by an authority higher than that of any man-made government, and the second being the Constitution for the united States of America. LEAP's stand is not only a proper stand in practical reality, it is also an ecclesiastical stand for the soul of mankind in his never-ending struggle for freedom. Brother Franklin, you're spot on and your words bear the force of clarity and the impact of truth. Jefferson and Madison would be proud. Thank you.
    Salute! .
    Elias Alias

  3. Jesus of Nazareth calls out the Hypocrite Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23)

    Hypocrites All !!!
    Blind Guides !!!

    Antioxidant and Neuroprotectant rich Cannabis is listed as a schedule 1 drug while the poison alcohol and tobacco are not even scheduled.

    Cannabis with cannabinoids that have been patented as antioxidants and neuroprotectants is illegal even in America.

    Alcohol destroys and creates holes in the brain And causes cancer = Legal

    These hypocrites erode their brains with alcohol but then still go out and treat the cannabis community badly with fines and jail time.

    Land of the Free but they don't have the Freedom to grow cannabis which is far safer and better than alcohol.

    Home of the Brave but they are afraid of Cannabis Plants.

  4. Most drugs of abuse suppress neurogenesis Only Cannabis promotes Neurogenesis

    Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants

    Patents on Cannabis Curing Cancer

    Cannabis and Neurogenesis


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