For 14 years Neil infiltrated drug gangs in the UK as an undercover operative. He spent 23 years total in the UK police force. He is now the chair for LEAP UK, which stands for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
We talk about his many experiences posing as a drug addict and taking down drug dealers, and why he's switched sides in this drug war. Neil is open about how difficult it was to come to terms with how little good he actually did for his communities by going after these drug kingpins. He is also open about how coming to this realization contributed to his PTSD.
Drug addiction is quite clearly a medical and social issue, not a criminal one. We discuss why police should be free to focus on other things, and that by keeping drugs illegal we are actually perpetuating violence, theft, and intimidation in our communities.
We also touch on marijuana and the potential for some other psychedelic type of substances to be used for people's benefit, as well as political corruption, fear, and speaking out publicly.
There is an overwhelming amount of proof as to why this drug war is a losing battle, but it may take many more people like Neil speaking up before things change. Find him and others like him at LEAP UK: http://ukleap.org
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