Former Cop to Rachel Maddow: Legalizing Pot is a “Win-Win”

It’s not just hippies who want to legalize pot. Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show, former Baltimore cop and 32-year law enforcement veteran Neill Franklin spoke to Maddow about drug policy, but rather than defend the drug war, he said it is time for President Barack Obama to lead in drug policy reform.

Franklin, Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), said marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington was a ‘win’ not just for drug users, but for cops, too.

“It’s a win-win because it has been drug prohibition like with marijuana that has driven a wedge in between police and community,” said Franklin, “Number one, police can get back to the business that they want to do and that is to protect people from violent people — rape, robbery, murder, crimes against our children, domestic violence. We can get back to the business of that.”

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.