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WATCH: Retired Police Captain Destroys Every Drug War Myth

Even some cops know that the war on drugs must end.
 
 
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Retired police captain Peter Christ learned firsthand that the prohibition is far more damaging to the public good than drugs themselves. Now an advocate for legalization, Christ spoke to WGRZ's 2Sides to explain why he supports legalization. He eviscerated several drug war myths along the way, including the idea that prohibition will remove the drug supply, and that the drug war is "winnable." Rather than have gangsters run the market place, he thinks a "licensed, regulated marketplace where we can set age limits and distribution points to control the purity of drugs is a better system." 

"We have to deal with our health problems as an educational and health care issue," he says, "As long as there is a demand, there's going to be a supply."

"If heroin were legalized, would you go out tomorrow and do heroin?" he asks the hosts who questioned whether legalization would increase drug use.

Watch Christ, a co-founded of the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, explain what really works to protect us from problematic drug use:

For more, check out 5 Reasons Cops Want to Legalize Marijuana here

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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