Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Sunday, March 28, 2004

STOP WAR ON DRUGS, SAYS EX-COP

STOP WAR ON DRUGS, SAYS EX-COP New Zealand - drug war

Drug testing in the workplace and in schools should stop because it does more harm than good.

So says former drug-busting American policeman of 26 years, Jack Cole, who's part of a national speaking tour next month.

Other speakers coming to Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North or Christchurch include Eleanor Schockett, a retired judge from Florida, and Eddie Ellison, a British officer of 30 years. They are part of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ( LEAP ), which is trying to stop the war on drugs.
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Stop War On Drugs, Says Ex-Cop ; Sunday Star-Times

New Zealand - drug war, drug testing; "Stop War On Drugs, Says Ex-Cop":

Drug testing in the workplace and in schools should stop because it does more harm than good.

So says former drug-busting American policeman of 26 years, Jack Cole, who's part of a national speaking tour next month.

Other speakers coming to Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North or Christchurch include Eleanor Schockett, a retired judge from Florida, and Eddie Ellison, a British officer of 30 years. They are part of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ( LEAP ), which is trying to stop the war on drugs.

Speaking to the Sunday Star-Times from Boston, Cole, a former New Jersey State undercover policeman who spent 12 years in the narcotics bureau, said he didn't want to tell the government how to run the country but to warn of the consequences its policies might have. He also offers alternatives which he claims will lower drug crime and addiction.

Workplace drug testing - one of Cole's targets - is common in New Zealand, particularly in the forestry, fishing and transport industries. Air New Zealand wants testing for its 10,000-strong workforce, while schools are increasingly testing students for drugs.

Cole said drug testing could convert soft drug users to harder drugs like heroin or ecstasy, which shows up in a person's system only up to four days after use. Cannabis can be detected up to 28 days later, meaning users have more chance of getting caught.

Employers and school heads were 'kidding themselves' if they did not think this switch to harder drugs could happen, said Cole. It was a fact of life that people experimented with drugs.

While he didn't encourage drug use, he said it was a waste of police time prosecuting mostly 'normal people' for taking minor drugs.

He said police should spend more time dealing with violent criminals and clearing the streets of potentially lethal drink drivers.

The millions spent targeting drug offences would be better spent educating the public on the bad effects of drugs, he said.

Cole said a conviction could hinder work, study and other opportunities.

'We should be trying to help these people and bring them back into society and give them hope there is a future. If you give people hope they will leave drugs behind,' he said.

LEAP's more than 50 speakers, based in the US and other countries, are all former 'drug warriors' - police, judges, prosecutors, parole, probation and corrections officials"


URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n520/a06.html
Newshawk: LEAP http://www.leap.cc
Votes: 0
Pubdate: Sun, 28 Mar 2004
Source: Sunday Star-Times (New Zealand)
Copyright: 2004 Sunday Star-Times
Contact: feedback@star-times.co.nz
Website: http://www.sundaystartimes.co.nz
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1064
Author: Rachel Grunwell
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/testing.htm (Drug Testing)
Cited: http://www.leap.cc/ (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)
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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition tour of New Zealand

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition tour of New Zealand:

A former US judge, a former undercover narcotics cop and the former head of Scotland Yard's drug squad will be in New Zealand in early April to raise awareness about the dangerous consequences of following the US on drug laws.

"Growing violence and drug use will be the result of New Zealand's tough new stance on illegal drugs, says American former Judge Eleanor Schockett, because this is exactly what happened when the US took the same approach." - NZ Listener, "Out on the Streets", April 3-9, 2004, p26.

Together with retired New Jersey undercover cop Jack Cole and former Scotland Yard drug squard chief Eddie Ellison, Schockett represents an organisation of ex-cops, former prosecutors and judges from the US, Canada and Britain called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

They will be speaking to public meetings and Rotary clubs from April 6, asking what New Zealand can learn from the failed US experience, in a visit supported by the Coalition for Cannabis Law Reform and the MildGreens.

"This controversial and hard-hitting tour comes soon after a group of former New Zealand undercover police officers broke their silence and alleged perjury and corruption are a regular part of the police's undercover programme. If LEAP's predictions are true, this will just be a taste of what is to come if we continue enforcing a US-style War On Drugs."
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Monday, March 15, 2004

Germany: Dope laws up in smoke

Germany: Dope laws up in smoke

That is the ostensible reason. The real reason is that authorities in Berlin have given up trying to police the pot possession problem.

"The ban was based on a drug policy which has failed utterly," says FDP City Senator Martin Lindner, who introduced the bill.

"We are not trying to play down this drug," he adds, "but are simply striving to attain a more realistic approach to this drug."
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