“Our prisons are bursting at the seams with drug offenders
while those who need help cannot get it.”
Lt. Richard Craig served in law enforcement for 35 years, starting as a military police officer with the First Cavalry Division of the United States Army in Vietnam. Upon discharge from the army, he was hired as an undercover narcotics investigator. Over the following 33 years he worked his way up the Rockland, Massachusetts Police Department from patrolman to sergeant to lieutenant and eventually acting police chief. In total, he made more than a thousand drug-related arrests.
Richard became a police officer because he had a desire to help people. “Not necessarily to ‘correct’ their misbehavior,” he takes care to point out, “not to bait them or trap them or humiliate them, but to genuinely help.” Richard has witnessed that the war on drugs has not helped people and has in fact had the opposite effect. “Marijuana use by children should not be encouraged,” Richard says, “But arresting only certain populations for marijuana is class warfare that does not prevent any drug abuse or harmful effects of drug abuse. Our prisons are bursting at the seams with drug offenders while those who need help cannot get it. The war on drugs is a phantom war that pits neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, and can never result in a happy outcome for anyone other than the drug cartels.”
Since he retired, Richard lives in Florida with his wife Kate and their four rescue dogs. Together, they have four grandchildren.