Monday, September 14, 2009



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A group of police and judges who want to legalize drugs pointed to new FBI numbers released today as evidence that the "war on drugs" is a failure that can never be won. The data, from the FBI's "Crime in the United States" report, shows that in 2008 there were 1,702,537 arrests for drug law violations, or one drug arrest every 18 seconds.

"In our current economic climate, we simply cannot afford to keep arresting more than three people every minute in the failed 'war on drugs,'" said Jack Cole, a retired undercover narcotics detective who now heads the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). "Plus, if we legalized and taxed drug sales, we could actually create new revenue in addition to the money we'd save from ending the cruel policy of arresting users."

Last December, LEAP commissioned a report by a Harvard University economist which found that legalizing and regulating drugs would inject $77 billion a year into the struggling U.S. economy.

Today's FBI report, which can be found at, shows that 82.3 percent of all drug arrests in 2008 were for possession only, and 44.3 percent of drug arrests were for possession of marijuana.

Pointing to the collateral consequences that often follow drug arrests, LEAP's Cole continued, "You can get over an addiction, but you will never get over a conviction."

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a 13,000-member organization representing cops, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens and others who now want to legalize and regulate all drugs after witnessing horrors and injustices fighting on the front lines of the "war on drugs."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2009
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  1. LEAP, you folks are real common sense freedom fighters. Keep up the good work.

  2. Drug arrest have long been the bread and butter for the coppers that are to lazy or dumb to do real police work. I'am glad to see the real investigators take some action to improve things. When they rolled back the booze laws, the crime rate droped by 25% the first year, also the addiction rate has not changed a bit no matter what laws or policys were in effect, 52-mary

  3. Thank you LEAP!! For speaking for those us who have had our voices stripped from us due to these foolish and anti-libertarian convictions! You are doing this country a GREAT service and are on a level so beyond many of your colleagues! GOD BLESS YOU!!!

  4. Seems like the Drug War Clock could be running a bit slow. But I didn't do the math to double check that.


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