US Marijuana Party

Saturday, January 22, 2005

War against drugs lost, former officer claims

By James Conmy, Citizens' Voice Staff Writer

Peter Christ is treasurer of a group called LEAP, or Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He will be in Wilkes-Barre next week to meet with community groups and Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak.

"Prohibition does not work," Christ said. "Not only does it not work, it also creates problems that exist in our society."

"To continue on the course we are on is futile and a threat to our society. We've created the obscene profit in drugs by making them illegal."
Legalizing drugs and regulating them controls cost, access and drug profits, Christ said.

Christ, a retired police captain from Tonawanda, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo with a population of 85,000, believes law enforcement's role was lost in the drug war.

"I know what law enforcement's job is," Christ said. "That is to protect people from each other. It's never been to protect people from themselves. That is the job of family, friends, education, health care and religion.


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