6-20-11: The War on Drugs: Over the Hill?
President Nixon launched the War on Drugs 40 years ago Friday. A few years later, a young man from Baltimore named Neill Franklin joined the Maryland State Police, where he ended up doing undercover drug stings. About 11 years ago, one of Franklin’s colleagues was killed during an undercover drug buy.
Now Franklin is the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The organization recently released a report describing how America could end what he sees as a failed and misguided War on Drugs .
Today, we ask Neill Franklin how he came to reject the War on Drugs, and what he believes America would look like if drugs were legalized and regulated.