To End the War on Drugs

To End the War on Drugs: A Guide for Politicians, the Press and Public
by Dean Becker

Dean Becker is a former cop who currently reports for Pacifica radio.  Becker’s book features the thoughts of more than 100 experts on the war on drugs.  Dean has been the man in the background quietly, respectfully documenting the drug reform movement and his gentle perseverance and ability to get such momentous interviews has won him and his radio programs many fans over the last 15 years. This book is like a love-letter to the Drug Policy Reform movement, as seen through the eyes of a reporter and amateur historian who never ceases to believe that the end of the war on drugs is near, and who manages to capture many of the key players that have given so much to replace the lies, prejudice and misinformation that underpin prohibition, with policies based on science, reason and compassion.  Where else could you find candid interviews with former Governor Gary Johnson, Tommy Chong, Grover Norquist, Ethan Nadelmann, Willie Nelson, Elvy Musikka, Kurt Schmoke, Rick Steves, Mike Gray, and Alexander Shulgin?

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Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment

Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment
by Howard Rahtz

Today, the illegal drug market funds international terrorism, the horrific drug war on the Mexican border, and the senseless violence plaguing our communities, large and small. It is past time for a new direction. This book provides a drug policy framework that will choke off the revenue supporting the illegal drug market. LEAP speaker and retired police captain Howard Rahtz outlines a series of drug policy steps buttressed by a historical review of drug policy measures, a review of international efforts against trafficking, and a clear understanding of the dynamics of addiction and its role in facilitating the illegal drug market.
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Honorable Intentions
Honorable Intentions

by Russell Jones

LEAP speaker and retired narcotics detective Russ Jones chronicles his involvement in the “war on drugs” on various fronts: As an ocean sailor, combat helicopter pilot, police officer, narcotics detective, DEA task force officer, and intelligence operative, Russell Jones has experienced a life of adventure, risks, and struggles against man, machine and nature. He served during Vietnam, Iran/Contra, and the War on Drugs, yet constantly questioned the policies that were taking the lives of those honorably serving. Honorable Intentions gives us deadly characters, exotic locations, and sobering facts. Order your copy today! A portion of every sale will be donated to LEAP.
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The Medical Marijuana Survival Guide

The Medical Marijuana Survival Guide:
Tips from a Former Police Officer Turned Medical Marijuana Patient
by Nate Bradley

Written by a former law enforcement officer, the Medical Marijuana Survival Guide offers a unique look into the life of a medical marijuana patient. This book answers questions and provides step by step instructions on handling many of the of the unforeseen obstacles of being a medical marijuana patient in today’s society including: – What you should do if you are stopped by law enforcement and you have medical marijuana in your car. – Understanding why medical marijuana patients are still being arrested if medical marijuana is “legal”. – How to safely and securely cultivate marijuana for medical use. Tips on how to become an advocate for the medical marijuana community. The Medical Marijuana Survival Guide is a must read for anyone that uses marijuana medicinally or for those that are curious to know more about medical marijuana, its legitimacy and history.
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Breaking Rank
Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing

by Norm Stamper

Former chief of the Seattle police force Norm Stamper  exposes a troubling culture of racism, sexism, and homophobia that is still pervasive within the twenty-first-century force; then he explores how such prejudices can be addressed. He reveals the dangers and temptations that cops face, describing in gripping detail the split-second life-and-death decisions. Stamper draws on lessons learned to make powerful arguments for drug decriminalization.  He offers penetrating insights into the “blue wall of silence,” police undercover work, and what it means to kill a man. Breaking Rank reveals Norm Stamper as a brave man, a pioneering public servant whose extraordinary life has been dedicated to the service of his community.
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Cop in the Hood

Cop in the Hood
by Peter Moskos

When Harvard-trained sociologist Peter Moskos left the classroom to become a cop in Baltimore’s Eastern District, he was thrust deep into police culture and the ways of the street–the nerve-rattling patrols, the thriving drug corners, and a world of poverty and violence that outsiders never see. In Cop in the Hood, Moskos reveals the truths he learned on the midnight shift. Through Moskos’s eyes, we see police academy graduates unprepared for the realities of the street, success measured by number of arrests, and the ultimate failure of the war on drugs. In addition to telling an explosive insider’s story of what it is really like to be a police officer, he makes a passionate argument for drug legalization as the only realistic way to end drug violence–and let cops once again protect and serve.
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Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed
Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It
by Judge James P. Gray

Judge Gray’s book drives a stake through the heart of the War on Drugs. After documenting the wide-ranging harms caused by this failed policy, Judge Gray also gives us hope. We have viable options. The author evaluates these options, ranging from education and drug treatment to different strategies for taking the profit out of drug-dealing. Many officials will not say publicly what they acknowledge privately about the failure of the War on Drugs. Politicians especially are afraid of not appearing “tough on drugs.” But Judge Gray’s conclusions as a veteran trial judge and former federal prosecutor are reinforced by the testimonies of more than forty other judges nationwide. Click here to purchase


When I Wear My Alligator Boots

When I Wear My Alligator Boots
By Shaylih Muehlmann, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Canada Research Chair in Language, Culture and the Environment at the University of British Columbia

When I Wear My Alligator Boots examines how the lives of dispossessed men and women are affected by the rise of narcotrafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. In particular, the book explores a crucial tension at the heart of the “war on drugs”: despite the violence and suffering brought on by drug cartels, for the rural poor in Mexico’s north, narcotrafficking offers one of the few paths to upward mobility and is a powerful source of cultural meanings and local prestige. In When I Wear My Alligator Boots, the author explores the everyday reality of the drug trade by living alongside its low-level workers, who live at the edges of the violence generated by the militarization of the war on drugs. The book features LEAP’s Jim Gierach and Dean Becker. Click here to purchase.