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"The crusade on marijuana has been a palpable failure; an abject failure."

Police Chief Mike Koval of Madison, Wisconsin, endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying that the enforcement of marijuana laws have been an “abject failure”.

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In an interview with the State Journal last week, Koval said that, “We’ve done such an abysmal job using marijuana as a centerpiece of drug enforcement, that it’s time to reorder and triage the necessities of what’s more important now.”

Marijuana is still illegal in the state of Wisconsin, but there are currently people in the region who are pushing for a rollback of marijuana laws. Police Chief Koval belongs to a growing number of law enforcers who are beginning to re-think drug prohibition, based on the experience that they have had in the drug war.

One of the leading groups of law enforcers working to end the drug war is LEAP, or Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. According to their official website, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies.

It is great that Koval is standing up against the insane policies that he is paid to enforce, but he still unfortunately supports heavy taxes and regulations for marijuana, which would require a significant amount of force to be used against nonviolent people, both to collect the taxes and enforce the regulations.

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Koval also said that people who are addicted to drugs need treatment, not jail time.

"The crusade on marijuana has been a palpable failure; an abject failure," he said. "So let's acknowledge the failure for what it is, and rededicate ourselves to … a better way to deal with people who have addictions."

Koval was in the news recently for speaking out against the use of military gear and tactics at protests, and specifically at the protests in Ferguson.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.