Drug Legalization Explored on Manchester Review in September

The late Joseph Brooks, former Captain on the Manchester Police Force, promoted Drug Legalization as a member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).

The September Manchester Review is Dedicated to the Memory of the Late, Former MPD Captain, Joseph Brooks

Many people question the expense of the War on Drugs and its failure to reduce drug use and drug violence in the U.S.  How can we  get it under control? Some argue that  legalization of drugs would lead to better control, less related violence and crime, and better treatment. Surprisingly, there are thousands of former, retired law enforcement related professionals who recommend legalizing drugs .

Note: it’s mostly former law enforcement officials speaking up. They far outnumber active law enforcers who speak out for legalization. Is that related to job security concerns? Many are members of  LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). One of those drug legalization activists was Joseph Brooks, a retired, 30 year veteran of the Manchester Police Department, once the head of the tri-Town Narcotics Team.

Last Spring, I interviewed Captain Brooks. We explored Brooks’ views on drug legalization, marijuana legalization, and the difference between decriminalization and legalization.  Armed with facts, figures and anecdotal stories, Brooks stated his case. As with many controversial social issues, facts and figures can be cited  to support both sides of an argument. But when a former law enforcement officer involved for much of his career in drug enforcement speaks out in favor of drug legalization, we should take notice. Joe was passionate about this cause, writing and speaking for LEAP during his retirement. Although I remain skeptical about some aspects of legalizing drugs, I have a lot of admiration for Joe’s courage in advocating for such a controversial cause. Sadly, Captain Brooks died in May before the show was aired. The September showing Drug Legalization: Fix or Folly is dedicated to his memory. May he rest in peace.

Additional information on the Drug War can be obtained at www.leap.cc. Check out counter arguments from the Drug Enforcement Administration (of course job security may very well slant its views!). For a well researched examination of both sides of the issue read: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs To Know by Mark Kleiman, Jonathan Caulkins, Angela Hawken.

Then decide for yourself.

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Socialist Worker September 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
You can't solve the drug problem with in the capitalist system. As long as there is money to be made selling drugs to those who have pain real or imaginary psychological or physical drugs and the drug trade will continue legal or otherwise. The worse things become for the majority of humanity in terms of jobs, work, and medical care the more people will become addicts seeing the drug as a way out. The majority of the American ruling class opposes drugs use because they see the after drug medical cost as a drain on profits. The are also beginning to realize that incarceration does little or nothing to win their war on drugs and in fact mass incarceration for even minor offenses increases the number of people willing to ignore capitalist "law" as a whole. Like Cuba only a Socialist government can take on the task of riding humanity of this deadly scourge. No amount of capitalist police brutality can solve this problem nor can more access to drug rehab do the trick as that can only put a finger in the dike. Like the Cuban Committees to Defend the Revolution a workers state could halt drug sales very quickly while those needing rehab would get not just medical treatment but a job offer and a place to live.


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