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Former California Cops Endorse Marijuana Legalization

September 16, 2010  | 

A group of retired officers led by a former deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department said they support California's Nov. 2 ballot measure legalizing marijuana for personal use during a press conference earlier this week.

The members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) voiced their support for Proposition 19 at a press conference in West Hollywood on Monday.

The retired officers said they support the measure due to their experience with the futility of enforcing laws banning the possession and use of cannibas.

"I was with the LAPD when Nixon declared the 'war on drugs' over 40 years ago and was one of the 'generals' on the front lines who helped implement that same failed drug policy that is still in effect today,'' retired LAPD deputy chief Stephen Downing told the Los Angeles Times.

Enforcement action against medical dispensaries has fallen to a local level, as cities and counties have been attempting to limit the spread of these operations, while the Obama administration in late 2009 announced it would no longer conduct federal raids of dispensaries.

The "No on 19" campaign's website includes a lengthy list of active police chiefs, sheriffs and law enforcement organziations who oppose the measure.

"If Proposition 19 passes, our workplaces and roadways will be in danger, we will not benefit economically, and a huge burden will be placed on law enforcement representatives as enforcement of the law will be confusing and in some cases, out of their control," according to the Pleasant Hill Police Department's Chief Pete Dunbar.

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Tags: Legalizing Drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), War on Drugs


Comments (3)

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mini28 @ 9/16/2010 8:44 PM

These guys must be senile. Maybe their selling it to supplement their retirement checks. What a bad idea. If they do get it passed, can we legally shoot the pothead that causes a fatal accident? "Oh Officer, I was just taking a hit off this new weed and I didn't mean to run over that pedestrian, but ya know sh!t happens dude!" NO WAY TO PASSING THIS.

fred seven @ 9/17/2010 7:44 AM

Most fatal collisions are alcohol related. Sure you stop signs being ran thru by pot heads, but how often are they speeding? That is a mute argument. Traffic violations are still the crime and being under the influence. The question is legal use and prohibition.

How often do you go to a domestic disturbance and find them smoking pot ? Marijuana isn’t the issue with violent acts or deaths. It is the hard narcotics and alcohol you find involved. Let them smoke pot and keep them drugged and safe at home.

XTrooper @ 10/16/2012 6:17 AM

The REAL problem and danger is that while we're wasting money and resources fighting this failed "war" on marijuana we are enabling and enriching the drug cartels. Legalize marijuana, regulate and tax it, and the major source of income for the cartels disappears overnight.
It took this country 13 years to figure out that the prohibition on alcohol was a total and complete failure and that all it did for certain was strengthen and enrich organized crime.
After 50 years of fighting the so-called "war on drugs," it's time for us to realize we're not helping anyone but the drug dealers.
Want to know who absolutely doesn't want to see marijuana legalized? The drug cartels!

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