The Drug Enforcement Agency debated legalization advocacy group “L.E.A.P.” – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. This debate was arranged by Journalist Stephen C. Webster, moderated by Columnist and Novelist Bob Weir, and filmed by Off Topic Films, based in Highland Village, Texas.
Peter Christ originated the idea of creating LEAP, a drug policy reform group of current and former members of law enforcement modeled on “Vietnam Veterans Against the War“. In 2002, after four years of Peter’s preparation, LEAP finally emerged as a viable international nonprofit educational organization.
Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story. His work has been featured in publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, Envy, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dallas Morning News, and The Dallas Business Journal. Stephen was also the Austin bureau chief for the Lone Star Iconoclast, based in Crawford, Texas; a publication for which he helped cover the rebirth of the U.S. peace movement during Cindy Sheehan’s three-year stand.
Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and 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.
Filmed on April 25, 2007.