Retired Police Captain discusses regulating and decriminalizing drugs and ending the war on drugs. Really well done discussion by a small town news station . . .
Yep, he covers all the bases. Watch it all the way through. He addresses the usual counter-arguments and deftly answers all the tough questions.
Highlights include a very honest answer to a commonly asked drug question at 0:54 , the easiest question to answer about the War on Drugs at 4:48 , the complete destruction of the biggest argument anti-drug advocates use at 7:23 , and a rapid-fire debunking of several myths all in one breath at 14:20 . If you have to leave right now, just skip to 5:58 for the thesis statement in a single sentence.
It shouldn’t take a genius to figure out that everything he’s saying is, sadly, true.
LEAP co-founder, Peter Christ, appears on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY and takes on all aspects of our disastrous War on Drugs. Captain Christ is vice-chair of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “Cops should exist to protect people from other people, and not to protect people from themselves.”
- US prison population jumps 27% in a decade over harsh drug sentencing
- The US Dept of Justice estimates that at least 17% of current jail/prison inmates (about 230,000 inmates) are incarcerated for victimless crimes. [Note: Others estimate the number as high as 86% (about 2,300,000 inmates).]
- It costs about $26,000 per year to incarcerate someone. Is it worth it to incarcerate 230,000 people for victimless crimes at an annual expense to taxpayers of $6 Billion per year?
- Not only does each inmate cost us money, but they’re not producing anything. Furthermore, the majority upon release from incarceration resume their victimless crimes–often repeating the cycle.