I’m very encouraged to be meeting up with Neill Franklin, the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), at the Bi-National Encounter this coming weekend (January 26-27 2012) in Mexico City, which is being held by Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (MPJD).
MPJD is a movement for peace with justice and dignity begun by the well-known Mexican author, poet, and writer Javier Sicilia soon after his son was murdered – a victim of the violence here in Mexico.
LEAP is an organization begun by former members of US law enforcement, military, and the judicial system who have realized the prohibition of drugs, especially marijuana, has created and caused more crime, violence, and deaths than does the use of drugs, which is why they are working to end the foolish and deadly US prohibition policy in order to bring peace to our streets and hope to our families, both in the US and in Mexico.
FBI – Marijuana: “Mexico is the number one foreign supplier of marijuana abused in the United States. In fact, according to a 2008 inter-agency report, marijuana is the top revenue generator for Mexican DTOs—a cash crop that finances corruption and the carnage of violence year after year. The profits derived from marijuana trafficking—an industry with minimal overhead costs, controlled entirely by the traffickers—are used not only to finance other drug enterprises by Mexico’s poly-drug cartels, but also to pay recurring “business” expenses, purchase weapons, and bribe corrupt officials. Though the GOM has a robust eradication program, many of the military personnel traditionally assigned to eradicate marijuana and opium poppy have recently been diverted to the offensive against the cartels.” (See: here)
See: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) – http://www.leap.cc/
See: LEAP Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CopsSayLegalizeDrugs
See: Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (MPJD) – http://movimientoporlapaz.mx
See: MPJD Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movimiento-por-la-Paz-con-Justicia-y-Dignidad/124809987605763
VIDEO – MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show – Legalizing Marijuana What’s Next? Cheryl Shuman Video Diary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb3vcz5TXAE
VIDEO – Mexican Poet Javier Sicilia Brings Peace Caravan Into U.S. to Condemn Deadly Drug War – http://youtu.be/y6T71eL5_tQ
VIDEO – 40 Years of Drug War Failure: LEAP’s Neill Franklin: http://youtu.be/qj3gnIGANhs