neill franklin

It’s sad that the drug czar decided to insert a multi-page rant against legalizing and regulating drugs into the National Drug Control Strategy instead of actually doing his job and shifting limited resources to combat the public health problem of drug abuse. Obama administration officials continually talk about the fact that addiction is a medical problem, but when our budgets are so strained I cannot understand why they’re dumping more money into arrests, punishment and prisons than the Bush administration ever did. The fact is, once we legalize and regulate drugs, we will not only allow police to focus on stopping violent crime instead of being distracted by arresting drug users, but we will also be able to put the resources that are saved into funding treatment and prevention programs that actually work. Who ever heard of curing a health problem with handcuffs?
—  LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin’s reaction to the new ONDCP drug report
In an encouraging sign, the administration does appear to at least acknowledge the emerging political consensus that the “drug war” is a failure and that a new direction is severely needed. To wit, the [ONDCP] interview contains glossy rhetoric about our inability to arrest our way out of the drug problem and the “balanced” approach that the Obama team is taking. But nobody should be fooled. The Obama administration’s own drug control budgets show that it, like every recent one before it, is all-in with a punishment-oriented drug policy in which “victory” is impossible, “defeat” is unthinkable and evidence, science, common sense and compassion can take a hike.
To be clear, no one on the anti-prohibition side of this debate would characterize regulating drugs as a panacea. We have to do a lot better, and while legalization itself won’t be a cure-all for drug abuse problems, it will at least bring those problems out of the criminal realm and above-ground where a true public health strategy can begin to work. As an added benefit, ending prohibition would undo much of the additional non-use-related damage that banning drugs has created.

Cop Slams Racist “Drug War”

Neill Franklin, a former Baltimore narcotics cop, says that policing in the “war on drugs” has a racially disproportionate impact but that our prohibition laws create crime and violence that everyone is unfortunately subject to being victimized by.