Citing Failed War on Drugs, Former Seattle Police Chief Calls for Legalization of Marijuana and All Drugs

Norm Stamper is a thirty-four-year police officer who retired as Seattle’s chief of police in 2000. He now supports the legalization of marijuana and an advisory board member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and a speaker for the 10,000-member Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Full Story »

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by Kenneth Sibbett - Mar. 31, 2009

Ms. Goodman never fails to deliver, no matter the subject. The Subject. I've thought a lot about this and believe the same thing as the Chief thinks. But there one thing never talked about. While it's true if drugs were legalized, the crime rates would drop dramatically. The Mexican drug cartels would be out of business. Now, where would we spend the billions of dollars that are wasted on all these hi-tech gizmo's that Congress loves to give out to their local voters. How many Police Officers would be laid-off. How about judges. Who needs them. They won't have anything to do. Do you really thing this money bonanza will ever be stopped. How many court staff, prison guards, etc, etc, etc,.will be out of work. Think about it. This ... More »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Mar. 31, 2009

The former police chief provides the views of a law enforcement officer about the harms of the drug "war" and alternatives to the drug "war."

The people need to pressure for rational marijuana regulation, they are way ahead of politicians who are afraid of vocal minorities attacking them. Decades of government funded demonization of marijuana needs to end.

You know, some have suggested that President Obama’s dismissal of the marijuana issue last week in the online town hall meeting was done because it’s the third rail. ... More »

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by Justin Michels - Apr. 5, 2009

Good questions and answers, notably concerning the racism which these laws encourage. As this piece demonstrates, Norm Stamper and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition bring much needed credibility and sensibility to this debate.

Once all drugs have been legalized, out of work prison guards and newly freed drug offenders can go to work in the American hemp industry, which also offers a solution to the many problems caused by E85 and coal-based fuels...

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