LEAP Australia – Newsletter 1

LEAP Australia is made up of current and former members of law enforcement who believe the existing drug policies have failed in their intended goals of addressing the problems of crime, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile drug use, stopping the flow of illegal drugs into this country and the internal sale and use of illegal drugs.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

LEAP Australia – Newsletter 1 – March 2011

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” (Gandhi)

Welcome to the first Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Newsletter. LEAP Australia was founded in January 2011 and is made up of current and former members of law enforcement who believe the existing drug policies have failed in their intended goals of addressing the problems of crime, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile drug use, stopping the flow of illegal drugs into this country and the internal sale and use of illegal drugs. A system of regulation rather than prohibition is a less harmful, more ethical and a more effective public policy.

The mission of LEAP Australia is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from illicit drug prohibition 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 on the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition. 
2. To encourage a greater respect for law enforcement by ending the human and financial costs in a battle of prohibition, that cannot be won.

LEAP’s main strategy for accomplishing these goals is to promote and engage discussion on the impact drug prohibition is having on Australian society and to move it from a morally driven, law enforcement focus, to a health issue.

LEAP supports evidence-informed and cost effective methods for dealing with drug related harms, not punitive and punishment focused. We will do this by engaging in media discussions, attending relevant functions and conferences and volunteering our participating members who have law enforcement experience to attend meetings as a guest speaker.

If you wish to become a supporter contact LEAP Australia by emailing us at: stopprohibition@gmail.com

THANK YOU http://leapaustralia.org/

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