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I feel as if our current drug laws are harmful towards our citizens and a poor use of the country’s law enforcement resources. I hope we can move in a more positive direction regarding these issues. I ask you to take the time to read the e-mail below, and take action in helping to change America’s outdated policies. 

 

Email from LEAP:
The war against the “War on Drugs” is really starting to heat up.  

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has spent the last two years asking every single congressional office to take a thorough look at the failure of our drug laws, and now it is happening!

Recently on Capitol Hill, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia) introduced a bill to create a blue ribbon commission to initiate a comprehensive review of America’s criminal justice and drug policies. The commission will spend eighteen months studying all aspects of the criminal justice system, report the findings to Congress and offer tangible recommendations for reform, including, possibly, an end to the cruel drug laws that send too many people to prison for too long.

But that’s only if we build enough support to pass this important legislation. 

We’ve made it easy for you to contact your legislators about supporting Sen. Webb’s bill. All you have to do is go to http://www.DrugWarDebate.com and enter in your contact information. Edit the pre-written letter if you want, and click send. Then, use our automated system to let your friends know that they can take action too. That’s it. 

If enough of us put this already-bipartisan legislation on our senators’ and representatives’ radar screens, we can and will make a difference.

The United States is the number one incarcerator in the world, with one out of every one hundred American adults behind bars. Sadly, the lion’s share of this insane level of incarceration is driven by drug prohibition.

Our current policies are not serving the public interest, and the results have been devastating: since the inception of the “war on drugs,” more than 38 million arrests have been made for nonviolent drug offenses. Under Sen. Webb’s legislation, the commission will, among other things, “make recommendations for changes in policies and laws designed to….restructure the approach to criminalization of, and incarceration as a result of the possession or use of illegal drugs.”

A thorough examination of the criminal justice system as it relates to the failed “war on drugs” will go a long way toward awakening more policymakers about the reasons for reform, and Sen. Webb’s efforts are exactly what we need right now. Please visit http://www.DrugWarDebate.com today to contact your senators and representatives, asking them to support S. 714, the National Criminal Justice Act of 2009. 

And please consider making a donation to help LEAP continue our important efforts. If you can afford to help, please go to http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com/donateand make as big a gift as you feel comfortable giving.

We can’t do it without your help!

Sincerely,

Jack Cole
Executive Director
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

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