I have a shirt, 2 actually, that says "Cops Say Legalize Drugs, Ask Me Why" which usually makes for an interesting conversation with the occasional stranger. Sometimes I forget that I'm wearing it and am surprised when people actually ask me. Like the time at an ATM machine, I heard someone read it out loud to me, and said, "Yo! I'm a cop, what's up with your shirt?!" Fortunately I had a LEAP dvd in my back pocket, which I highly recommend you do if you decide to have the cojones to walk around with that shirt on. Handed him the video and said, "aren't you tired of wasting your day busting people for something stupid like smoking a joint?" He agreed, still kind of in shock at our conversation, told me I must have big man parts for wearing that shirt, then gave me a pound (the handshake, not a pound of weed), and we both went on our merry way.
I have this group of brave individuals to thank for giving me an easy set of tools for having that conversation. Check out why cops say legalize drugs at www.LEAP.cc.
Here at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, our law enforcement members have spent decades fighting the drug war from the front lines. We speak to this issue from a position of experience and our level of credibility is high - people listen to what LEAP has to say.
As we enter our tenth year – a LEAP year - we want to provide a special distinction for our dedicated supporters...an opportunity to take our relationship to the next level. Since today is February 29, "LEAP Day," we decided it was the perfect time to announce our new Associate Member program for our civilian supporters. Allow me to cover the top three reasons you should become an associate member:
First, it sends a clear message that you are with LEAP as we strive to end prohibition in the United States and around the globe. It says that you are fed up with the injustice of mass incarceration, the senseless murders, drugs flowing freely in our communities, the lack of treatment and effective education, the corruption, billions of dollars going into the pockets of organized crime and the waste of your limited financial resources.
Second, your annual contribution of $25 or more will enable LEAP to continue the great work it is known for, educating tens of thousands of people every year about the failure of the “war on drugs.”
Third, in addition to knowing you are a part of an organization that is truly making a difference, you will receive an official LEAP membership card, which can be proudly displayed in its special holder as you attend conferences and other events. There's nothing like the great sense of unity you will feel when you see others proudly displaying their cards. You will also receive a gold lapel pin badge to be worn anytime you desire, again showing solidarity.
So please sign on with us as an official LEAP associate member today. I look forward to having you as a partner as we fight the war to end the drug war. Help us make 2012 a LEAP year!
Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)