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About David Brown

Former Prosecutor
Baton Rouge, LA

"Drug prohibition laws put narcotics agents at an increased risk of violence, introducing unnecessary risk at the department level and sometimes eroding commitment to law enforcement at the individual level."

David Brown
David Brown saw the damage wrought by drug prohibition every day while he served as a prosecutor for the City of Baton Rouge from 2009 to 2013. In his view, in all the drug cases he saw, the penalties were ineffective and never worth the cost.

“For a prosecutor,” David says, “drug laws can distort one’s sense of fairness by placing nonviolent drug offenses on the same level as destructive and violent crimes. Fellow prosecutors and police officers I’ve talked to tend to agree that enforcing marijuana prohibition laws wastes precious time and resources that could be used to protect people from violent crimes instead. Drug prohibition laws put narcotics agents at an increased risk of violence, introducing unnecessary risk at the department level and sometimes eroding commitment to law enforcement at the individual level.”

David currently runs his own law practice. While pursuing an advanced degree in plant biology and environmental studies at Louisiana State University, he helped launch the campus Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter, the Cannabis Action Network of Louisiana, the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and the Baton Rouge Progressive Network (BRPN). David is an alumnus of Vermont Law School.

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