If you're new to LEAP, you might be wondering what is different about this blog compared to other drug policy reform sites. This blog does cover many of the same topics: medical marijuana, SWAT raids, informant problems, new legislation, etc. However, the posts on the LEAP blog are written by current & former law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges and prison wardens. We are a group of criminal justice professionals who believe the War on Drugs is a tremendous failure. Having served in the trenches, we have an inside perspective on the global policy of drug prohibition and we share this unique perspective in our writing.
Our blogging team believes that the black market for illegal drugs has created many unintended consequences. For example: gang warfare over control of the drug trade, the spread of HIV from dirty needles, disrespect for police, money laundering, home invasions, property crime to get money for drugs and so on.
I tend to write about Canadian drug policy issues. William Cooke is new to the blog but he's written some great posts about Baltimore. Peter Moskos is a former Baltimore city cop, a university professor and a prolific blogger. Alison Myrden focuses on medical marijuana. Jay Fleming is a former undercover officer; his focus on the LEAP blog is pain medication. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has a fantastic Speakers Bureau and you'll see more of these folks writing on the blog in 2010.
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