Peter Christ made a speech and held a Q/A session on Why Drug Prohibition Doesn’t Work at UVM today, which was sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy. For those who don’t know him, Peter Christ is a speaker for LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – www.leap.cc).
Christ often begins and stresses in his speeches that Drugs are so dangerous that they MUST be legalized so that their can be more control over their production, distribution and usage.
There are many arguments for legalizing drugs including that is should be a right as long as you’re not hurting anyone and that’s it’s none of the government’s business to be prohibiting what one wants to do in their own home or business, but the argument above should appeal to everyone as it should be so obvious that drug prohibition isn’t working. Prohibition of any kind has never worked in history and most likely never will. It should be a no brainer.
About Peter Christ:
Peter Christ is a retired police captain. Throughout Christ’s 20-year career enforcing drug laws, he believed that “the drug war can never be won, and is doing more harm than good.” After retiring from the police force in 1989, Mr. Christ began speaking out publicly against the Drug War. In 1993, he became one of ReconsiDer: Forum on Drug Policy’s first members, and quickly became the group’s leading spokesperson. Mr. Christ’s topics include: the Drug War’s impact on the judiciary, police activities in the drug war, the drug war’s impact on prison populations and minority communities, sentencing issues, and the effectiveness of drug education programs in reducing drug use.
LEAP members feel the role of law enforcement should be to protect and serve. That means we should be interested in lowering the incidence of death, disease, crime, and drug addiction — four categoris made infinately worse by the war on durgs. To do that we must end end prohibition and legalize drugs — Legalize All Drugs so we can control and regulated them and keep them out of the hands of our children.
More information on LEAP: http://www.leap.cc
More information on Peter Christ: http://www.leap.cc/who/peterbio.htm