• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

COP is Your Voice in the United States Congress


 A Lone Ranger goes to Washington to repeal Drug Prohibition and end the War on Drugs:   Ask Him Why*

by Mary Ann Akers of the Washington Post

Howard Wooldridge has one of the craziest jobs: trying to convince 535 of the most uptight people in Washington – the entire membership of Congress – to repeal drug prohibition.  That means everything from marijuana to cocaine to heroin.   He urges them to adopt the 10th Amendment (states’ rights) as a guiding principle for drug policy.

*To re-direct police resources to go after the pedophiles and end the job option for kids to sell drugs (10 are shot daily). Have a drug problem?  See a doctor.

Ann Landers came out for marijuana legalization/regulation before her death in 2002.

Supporters of the War on Drugs/Modern Prohibition  (an unholy alliance of politicians, cops, terrorists and criminals)

1. Fraternal Order of Police, Mexican Drug Cartels, National Sheriff’s Association

2.  International Chiefs of Police Association, MADD

3.  Senators Cornyn, Feinstein, Shelby, Rubio, Lankford and Chuck Grassley

4.  Big Pharma, Private Prison Industries, Inc.

5.  California Narcotics Officers Association, ISIS, the Taliban

6.  MS-13 Gang Association, Crips and Bloods – Hell’s Angels

7.  The Washington Post,  New York Times, Washington Times

8. FARC of Colombia, Shining Path of Peru

9.  President Biden

10.  Congressmen Louie Gohmert of Texas, Gosar of Arizona

11.  Meth Makers Association of Mexico

12. Every criminal supports the drug war, as the police have less time to go after them.

Enemies of Drug Prohibition

1. COPs – Citizens Opposing Prohibition, MPP and NORML

2. Governor Gary Johnson (R-NM) -former,

3.  William F. Buckley, Ann Landers & Milton Friedman- now with the angels

4. Drug Policy Alliance

5.  Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-CA) & Rep. Roger Goodman (D-WA)

6.  Mike Jones – Deputy Chief of Police (ret.) — Peter Christ -police captain (ret.)

7.   LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – Eric Sterling of CJPF

8.  Congressmen Massey, Joyce, Cori Bush, Tom Emmer: Senators Paul, Baldwin, Booker

9.  VMMA – Veterans for Medical Marijuana, CATO Institute

10.  Your name here

Where to go in 2022: Decriminalization of all drugs in small amounts

 This is where the nation needs to go to reduce tension and anger in our communities, especially the minority ones. It will also save local and state govts billions, when they follow a Congressional model. Portugal has been doing this very successfully the past 20 years. 

Oregon in 2021 became the first state to officially end the War on Drugs / War on People by decriminalization of all drugs in small quantities.  After nearly a year of experience, no major problems have been reported.

Summary:

In November 2020 Oregon voters passed a comprehensive, drug decrim initiative 58 / 42 % for personal amounts* hard drugs, over stiff opposition from the police organizations, the prosecutor’s association and the Drug Treatment Industry. Oregon voters were able to look at the Portugal experience as a guide for both ‘how to’ and the 20-year running positive results. Implementation was Feb 2021. 

  Immediate Advantages:

A. Improve police-community relations by reducing arrests, searches  and friction with citizens

B. Reduce criminal justice costs (police, prosecutor, jail, police lab time and probation) – Focus on serious, public-safety related crimes

C. Remove the down-stream problems generated by a criminal arrest– employment, etc

D. Enables the community to deal with drug use/abuse issues in  a medical setting

Decrim employs as a fundamental principle that drug use and abuse is a Personal Responsibility area.  Govt punishment is discarded as a method of coercion.

*personal amount (example 2 grams of cocaine, 1 gram of heroin. 2 g of meth)

Scenario: officer finds a citizen with personal amount of an illegal drug. Officer seizes the drug and eventually puts it in the evidence room (later destroyed). The officer gives the person a ticket. The citizen can either pay a civil $100 fine or can go to a ‘Health Assessment Committee’ which would determine if the person needed treatment or not. If treatment is recommended, the citizen is given the info of where to seek treatment.

Major funding for the Assessment Comm. will come thru marijuana sales taxes.

This will have no impact on drug smuggling nor sales. No impact on drug availability.

Portugal has experienced no permanent increase in drug use/abuse… Treatment numbers are way up.

Factoid: 1.4 million arrested in USA in 2019 for simple possession (half for marijuana, half for hard drugs). Roughly, 10 searches are needed to find one baggie of illegal drugs.

Not every user is an abuser

Supporting Information:

      Since legalization in Colorado, the vehicle search rate of African American drivers 21 and over dropped by nearly half, while the search rate of Hispanic drivers fell by 58 percent. White drivers faced almost two-thirds fewer searches after recreational marijuana was

legalized. http://www.businessinsider.com/police-are-searching-far- fewer-cars-in-states-that-have-legalized-marijuana-2017-6

   This change is helping police/community relations…we strongly believe Oregon police will search fewer vehicle going forward

 Q: Will this increase illegal drug use and abuse?

  1. No. Per medical experts in the area of drug use and addiction, criminal penalties for drug use consistently rank very, very low, as a reason to use or not use illegal drugs.

 

 

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