Steve G.

LEAP Press Release: Three in four Americans believe War On Drugs is a failure

In Activism, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Drug War, Law, Law Enforcement, Libertarian, Politics, Press Release, Protest on October 2, 2008 at 5:56 pm


CONTACT: Tom Angell: (202) 557-4979 or

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three out of four U.S. voters see the war on drugs as a failure, according to a Zogby poll released today. More than one in three voters believe that the single best way to fight drug traffickers and drug abuse would be “legalizing some drugs” or “ending the war on drugs.” That’s more than those who think “stopping drugs at the U.S. border” or eradicating drugs in their countries of origin would be more effective. It is also more than those who think that reducing the demand for drugs in America is the best tactic.

The poll results come as no surprise to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of police, judges, prosecutors, corrections officials and FBI and DEA agents who fought on the front lines of the war on drugs and who believe that ending prohibition is the only way to begin solving drug abuse and drug market violence problems. “Voters are ready for reform of our nation’s failed drug prohibition policies,” said Jack Cole, a former New Jersey State Police undercover narcotics officer and LEAP’s executive director. “But when will lawmakers get the message?”

“With the 75th anniversary of the repeal of alcohol prohibition coming up in December, now seems like a perfect time to put gangsters, terrorists, and cartels out of business through legalized regulation, just like we did in 1933,” Cole continued.

Cole and other LEAP members from across the United States are available for print and broadcast interviews. Please contact Tom Angell at

Complete data on the Zogby poll’s drug questions can be found on pp. 43-49 of this PDF:

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’s mission is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition. See for more. 

  1. Thanks, Elfninosmom, for this post on a libertarian blog that just does more to marginalize libertarians as a fringe group of libertines who aren’t interested in building a real libertarian party that elects people to office because you focus on fringe issues that keeps us on the fringe which is obviously what you want to do as a debate club anarchist philosophy club member who all you care about is talking about things no one cares about and just want to scare everyone away because you’re scary and fringey and don’t care about winning because all you care about is being right and don’t want to win because you’ll lose your little club and you don’t know how to do things that work because you are a smelly un-washed libertarian drug addict praising embarrassment.

  2. George Donnelly:

    Stop immediately! I was being sarcastic!

  3. I should add,

    ElfNinosmom, see comment 2. If I’m in trouble or need to be punished now, I understand.

  4. LOL, no, I was laughing the whole time I was reading it. I knew you were joking.

  5. No time for this fringe issue!

    We have to fight the ‘war-on-terror’ and push the good war from Afghanistan into western Pakistan where the terrorists are smuggling opium products to fund Islamofacism (noted neologism of 2001).

    Watching the VP debates last night shoud have made this clear to y’all.

  6. Am I the only one here who is capable of destroying Joe Biden in a debate? All I would have to do is bring his drug warrior rapsheet with me into the debate, and we could have a nice long chat about “The Liberty Clause in the 14th amendment” (This –according to Joe Biden– protects a woman’s right to privacy, so she can obtain an abortion (for the first month or so, anyway), but apparently DOES NOT protect: music venue sponsors/promotors, musicians, drug users, homeowners, nightclubs, random people, innocent bystanders, drug dealers, American citizens, etc… Nor can any part of the Bill of Rights protect individual rights under Joe Biden’s “RAVE Act” This act (further) eliminates habeas corpus, the right to assembly, the right to privacy, the right to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure, the right to no self-incrimination, etc…)

    “Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy” FUCK! I guess we’re all a bunch of scared, whimpering, little children who need Joe Biden and his anti-property rights shutzstaffel to protect us!

    If I was Sarah Palin, I would have beat him over the head with his heinous opposition to freedom, and then championed my own support of jury rights.

    But it looks like she’s already forgetting where she came from, since McCainus is her running mate, and Joe Sixpack wants a clueless dictator who will “keep American safe” (from the risks of being free).

    Google: Biden Rave Act

    Noone should ever (under any circumstances!) vote for Joe Biden. He is a tyrant of the worst kind.

    Better to have a god-fearing country bumpkin who at least pays lip service to jury rights in VP. If Sarah Palin studies philosophy for another few years, she might just be as good as the American public can vote into office. …And if the alternative is Joe “against all property rights” Biden, then I’ll be hoping for a McCain victory (and debilitating heart attack) this Nov. 4, 2008, as I cast my vote for Wayne Root.


  7. I wouldn’t vote for Sarah Palin if my life depended on it.

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