Lt. O’Brien of Philadelphia Police Department, had to be by far the nicest/funniest Officer at the Philly Smoke Down Prohibition VIII. I respected him because he acted like an actual person while debating a few questions that were brought up. While interviewing we should of brought up the organization, L.E.A.P (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).
“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.”
If you know of any Law Enforcement Agents that also believe the War on Drugs is wasteful, tell them they are not alone and shouldn’t have to hide. Let them know there is a huge organization for them.
LEAP website : http://www.leap.cc/
Linking up with my friend Tom, we got a chance to talk with Combat Vet Mike Whiter about the rallies in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday August 3st. The two rallies that took place at where the home of our Liberty Bell is at Independence Mall,. The No War With Syria and the Smoke Down Prohibition VIII.
First, he talked about his time in the military as a Staff Sergeant of the US Marines and how the war in Iraq effected him. After being prescribed over 40 types of pills (many being opiates for depression) for 5 years and suffering from PSTD, he started looking to proven alternative medication. He decided to try Cannabis and by the second time of using it for a medicinal reason he went cold turkey on all the prescriptions that were making things worse.
Along with kicking the pills to the curb he also started to see life and situations through the eyes of an “awakened” citizen. He started to see the connection between the war that he participated in and the possible war with Syria.
Mike was also there for the Smoke Down Prohibition VIII as a representative of being an Executive Director of Philly NORML, Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana and The Panic Hour. He started to go over how he and Chris Goldstein (another Executive Director of Philly NORML) will be helping to make that organization more active. They will be working on more appearances to spread awareness, creating a podcast (I will post once it is up and running), etc.