The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ending drug prohibition.
Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime created by criminal control of illegal drug sales.
Where We Work
What We Do
Drug prohibition undergrids virtually every major violation of human rights throughout the world, providing justification and motivation for the destruction of vulnerable communities, families, and individuals. In response, LEAP has nearly 200 speakers in almost 100 countries. As the only group of law enforcement officials working to end the drug war, LEAP is uniquely positioned to educate the public, media, legislators, and other criminal justice professionals about the toll drug prohibition has taken on our communities. Because all of our speakers have law enforcement experience, we can talk to people other drug policy groups can't reach, and we can directly counter those law enforcement officials who are often the most prominent opponents of reform. We have given thousands of presentations world-wide, have been granted Consultant Status at the United Nations, and have been highly visible and demonstrably effective in local marijuana-related reforms in the United States.