Joanne Naughton of LEAP: The Tragic Failure of 'The War on Drugs'
LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) was founded in March of 2002 by current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who realized that the failures of our existing drug policies had to be dealt with, and that the best way to deal with them was to end them.. They, as have countless Americans, have seen that the policies have failed and they will continue to fail to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs. They have decided to bravely stand up and look reality in the face, something the majority of people in this world fail to do until it is far too late. [To read their excellent--and lengthy--description of their organization, simply click here.
Speaking for LEAP at our event will be retired New York City police Lieutenant Joanne Naughton. A frequent speaker for the group she will likely enlighten many people to the harsh realities of the failed drug war, especially on how it has been used to target the poor, the faceless and the hopeless. And considering this is coming from a former New York City Police lieutenant, this should be something worth hearing. Just listen to this:
Joanne Naughton's (of L.E.A.P.) Presentation at the 2013 New York Libertarian Convention
A member of the NYPD for over 20 years, she retired a lieutenant in 1987, then became a Legal Aid attorney where got to see the drug war from the other side--the defendant side. As with many law enforcers, Joanne started out believing that the drug war was an ethical and moral solution to the scourge of problems that illegal drug use has brought into our world, but she began to have doubts when the “big drug busts” and “huge hauls” of drugs never seemed to lead to any reduction in the problem: “It slowly dawned on me,” she says, “that if the drug laws were working, we wouldn't be continually hearing about these big drug busts.”
She, like every other member of LEAP, came to realize that punitive drug laws are ineffective and lead to a colossal waste of lives and resources, not only in the US but around the world.
“Alcohol addiction is a problem for many people, yet banning alcohol made it worse.”
Learn more about the failure of the War on Drugs by clicking here.
Videos of Joanne Naughton & LEAP
The War on Drugs Has Failed. Is Legalization the Answer? -- Marijuana
National Conference on Mass Incarceration and Reentry
DEA Analyst and Cop Debate Marijuana Legalization