Another more inclusive approach

Dear Sirs/Madams: I have been a supporter of Drug Policy Alliance for a number of years, and it has become apparent to me that DEA and other law enforcement agencies oppose the end of prohibition largely because they see it as a threat to their job security. After all, it is in their best interest (i.e. a paycheck) to monger the most fear that they can against drug users and drug use and to support policies that require police-style tactics to fight the "War" on Drugs, since they are the ones exclusively equipped to do that better than anyone else. Even though the efforts of Drug Policy Alliance have been tremendouus, still only too rarely will some among the ranks of active law enforcement stand out on the issue of prohibition and hold up their principles over their own employment income! It seems that if we want these organizations to flip on the issue, we need to start to come up with ways that law enforcement can still play a vital role in ushering in the new era of drug decriminalization (and long afterwards). For example, there is a role for the DEA, who would perhaps become the "DRA" (Drug Regulation Agency), to serve as a watchdog over the legalized drug industry much in the same way that the state alcohol control boards regulate the legal alcohol industry, or in which the ATF regulates the legal use of tobacco. Police departments could put resources into encouraging addicts to go to counseling and to get professional healthcare (perhaps harm-reduction) rather than funneling them into prison cells. This all takes manpower, resources, and an efficient heirarchy, all of which are already in place with these law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, the savings of lost patrol time chasing drugs and drug users, mountains of drug-war associated paperwork, court appearances, etc. could fund other more legitimate law enforcement needs. If they are simply willing to change their paramilitary-style, invasive, oppressive approach to the drug problem/users, and will instead adopt a more compassionate, helpful, and benevolent role, there should be a place (and job security) for law enforcement agencies and their personnel in such a new age. Has anyone at Drug Policy Alliance (or other) ever approached these law enforcement organizations and associations directly from this angle? You may see their resistance begin to melt away as they start to understand and more clearly realize the opportunities for themselves in such a scenario. Thank You, William Maner DPA supporter
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