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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Year created:2002
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is an organization consisting of former and current police officers, government agents and other law enforcement agents that oppose the War on Drugs.[1] Founded on March 16, 2002, members believe that the War on Drugs have had numerous negative effects on the United States society. The two major goals of Leap are to educate the public, the media and policy makers about policies they believe to be failing; and to restore the public's respect for the police, which they believe has diminished largely due to the War on Drugs. "LEAP is a tax exempt, international, nonprofit, educational entity based in the United States."[2]

According to their Facebook page, "The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of harms resulting from fighting the War on Drugs and to lessen the rates of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition."[1]


LEAP is governed by their Board of Directors with advisement from their Advisory Board.[3]


LEAP lists their issues on their website. The following is an abbreviated list:[4]

  • "LEAP does not promote the use of drugs and is deeply concerned about the extent of drug abuse worldwide. LEAP is also deeply concerned with the destructive impact of violent drug gangs and cartels everywhere in the world. Neither problem is remedied by the current policy of drug prohibition."
  • "LEAP advocates the elimination of the policy of drug prohibition and the inauguration of a replacement policy of drug control and regulation, including regulations imposing appropriate age restrictions on drug sales and use, just as there are age restrictions on marriage, signing contracts, alcohol, tobacco, operating vehicles and heavy equipment, voting and so on."
  • "LEAP believes that adult drug abuse is a health problem and not a law-enforcement matter, provided that the abuse does not harm other people or the property of others."
  • "LEAP believes that adult drug use, however dangerous, is a matter of personal freedom as long as it does not impinge on the freedom or safety of others."
  • "LEAP recognizes that even in a post-prohibition world, still, drugs can be dangerous and potentially addictive, requiring appropriate regulation and control. Even in a free-market economy, reasonable regulation for the purposes of public health is a long-standing, accepted principle. Such regulation must not allow casual, unfettered or indiscriminate drug sales."
  • "LEAP believes that persons suffering from drug abuse afflictions and addiction, who want help, should be provided with a variety of help, including drug treatment and drug maintenance, even for uninsured addicts. LEAP believes that with an end to drug prohibition and regained control of criminal justice expenditures, a fraction of those savings would be more than sufficient to pay for expanded addiction services."

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