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The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ending drug prohibition. LEAP’s goals are: (1) To educate the public, the media and policy makers about the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug use and the elevated crime rates more properly related to drug prohibition than to drug pharmacology and (2) To restore the public’s respect for police, which has been greatly diminished by law enforcement’s involvement in imposing drug prohibition.
LEAP is a tax exempt, international, nonprofit, educational entity based in the United States that was modeled on Vietnam Veterans Against the War and enjoys the same unassailable credibility when speaking out against the War on Drugs.
Supporters of LEAP believe that to save lives and lower the rates of disease, crime and addiction, as well as to conserve tax dollars, we must end drug prohibition. LEAP believes a system of regulation and control is far more effective than one of prohibition.
Since 2002, we have expanded from five founding police officers to include more than 150,000 supporters including police, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens, FBI and DEA agents, and civilian supporters of drug policy reform. LEAP has a bureau of more than 150 speakers in over 20 countries, and has a significant international presence.
Our speakers support campaigns for drug policy reform and testify before all legislative bodies; travel throughout the US and abroad lecturing to interested civic, educational and advocacy groups; present at conferences; educate listeners on radio and television; write op-eds, letters to the editor, articles and books; conduct interviews; debate those who support the status quo; and educate representatives at all levels of government.
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