In my last entry, I was kind of venting about the city’s crime problem, what we could do to change Philadelphia and make it safe for all of its residents. I received a comment from a reader about an organization called LEAP. After a some what lengthy look at the Organization’s web page, I have decided that it is an alternative to our problem. I may not personally agree and It may not be the response that the city or the country is searching for, but it is definitely worth talking about and I know that this subject will spar much controversy.

Apparently, some of our law enforcers feel that we need to legalize drugs. According to the LEAP web page, current and former members of law enforcement have created a drug policy reform movement called LEAP. The members of this organization believe that to save lives, and lower the rates of disease, crime and addiction, we must end drug prohibition. Deep isn’t it? I think it’s very interesting to see that our own law officers feel that our system is failing.


2 Comments so far

  1. Affected (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

    Clearly none of the people who are apart of this program have an immediate, in house, active addict. I can say this with 100% confidence in my generalization, being that I do. My life and the lives of my family are so negativly impacted by ILLEGAL addiction, I can’t imagine how it would be if she could buy her drug at Wal-Mart, insead of having to sneak it. I never thought it could get worse, but this would make it worse. It would be so easy for me to say “Then, we will have have high people driving around. Thats a bad idea.” The Leap people could then say “It would be regulated like alcohol, no drinking and driving, no smoking/snorting/shooting up and driving.” Well what about this? What about the woman who is doing her “legal” heroin in the comfort of her own bedroom. How is her child going to eat dinner that night, with her mother in a drug induced coma? Even more simple, yet much much worse, How is that child going to form a healthy relationship with their mother, when she is always stumbling around and violent? That child won’t. That child will grow up on cereal, because that is all she can make himself. This child will become so screwed up because her mother has been high her whole life. I know this will happen, because I am the child who grew up on cereal for this very reason. I watch so many families come in and out of my support group, who’s lives are rock bottom because daughter/son/wife/husband are on drugs. I can’t imgine, if it were so available, how many more familes lives will be ruined. Leap is not doing a service for our community.

  2. philadelphia (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    there have been 234 homicides in philadelphia as of today wednesday august 2 stop the violence

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