The War on Drugs is at the root of a staggering array of problems in today’s society.
Captain Peter Christ (Ret.) Demolishes the War on Drugs
There's no better way to learn about drug policy reform than to hear it from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition co-founder Police Captain Peter Christ (Ret.). A 20-year law enforcement veteran of the War on Drugs, Captain Christ has been speaking out to end drug prohibition since 1989. He co-founded LEAP in 2002, with the mission of reducing harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and lessening the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ending drug prohibition. Drug policy reform remains a core focus of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and we thank Captain Christ for his extraordinary vision.
Watch as he demolishes every argument for the War on Drugs in this viral video.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership believes that adult drug abuse is a public health problem and not a law enforcement matter.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership does not promote the use of drugs and is deeply concerned about the extent of drug abuse and drug-related violence worldwide. However, both drug abuse and violence flourish under drug prohibition, just as they did during alcohol prohibition.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership recognizes that drugs can be dangerous and addictive. Reasonable regulation should protect public health and include age restrictions on drug sales and use.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership recognizes that currently illicit drugs pose different risks, requiring different models of regulation. We believe that U.S. states and other nations must be given the regulatory latitude to try new models that balance personal freedom and responsibility with the public health risks of death, disease, and addiction.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership recognizes that it will take time to strike a proper balance, blending private, public, and medical models to best control and regulate currently illicit drugs. Our speakers advocate for a range of strategies in line with their own diverse experiences and political philosophies.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership believes that government has a public health obligation to ascertain and clearly communicate to the public the risks associated with the use of each currently illicit drug.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership argues that as the government ends prohibition, it should release drug offenders, expunge their records, and restore their civil rights. However, we believe that people using alcohol or other drugs must be held accountable for the harms caused to others while under the influence.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership believes that individuals suffering from drug addiction who seek help should receive support, including drug treatment. We argue that the cost of expanding such services could be financed with a fraction of the criminal justice savings from ending drug prohibition.