The group of former and current law enforcement officials known as Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is reacting to the most historic night in marijuana law reform history, sending out a press release yesterday featuring the thoughts of some former drug warriors.
“I cannot tell you how happy I am that after forty years of the racist, destructive exercise in futility that is the war on drugs, my home state of Washington has now put us on a different path,” said former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper. “There are people who have lost today: drug cartels, street gangs, those who profit from keeping American incarceration rates the highest in the world. For the rest of us, however, this is a win. It’s a win for taxpayers. It’s a win for police. It’s a win for all those who care about social justice. This is indeed a wonderful day.”
“Because of the victories in all of these places, we awakened this morning in a slightly better country. It’s a little safer, a little bit more just,” said Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and 34-year veteran of the Baltimore and Maryland State police departments. “And when the rest of the country follows the lead pioneered by the voters of Colorado and Washington, we’ll be closer to living in a country with a drug policy that is truly about public safety.”
An incredible night to be sure, and an excellent base from which to build more marijuana law reform success. Momentum is on our side and the truth is shining brighter than ever when it comes to cannabis. But beware, there are still many who want to stop our forward progress, and even tear down what voters just approved. They won’t stop, and neither will we.