Anti-drug prohibition group speaks to police force
A group of law enforcers who support legalizing drugs is praising Halifax's police chief for inviting them to speak to the department.
"It was amazing," said David Bratzer, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
His group wants all drugs legalized and regulated.
"I've been speaking publicly about this issue off duty for four years and this is the first time I've actually had a police department invite me to come and give this presentation," he said.
Chief Jean-Michel Blais has been on the job for less than six months and said this is a new initiative for the police department.
"Once a month we have joint meetings with the RCMP for our management to be able to learn certain things that normally we wouldn't have a chance to learn. In the past, we've had guests from Occupy Nova Scotia, and we've had the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and we decided this time to have a representative from LEAP and they accepted our invitation," he said.
"The whole idea is to allow our senior managers to be exposed to different areas and different ideas. It doesn't mean we necessarily agree but at least we're exposed."
Bratzer said while on the job he enforces the law, but he personally believes the war on drugs is expensive, wastes police resources and gives control to organized crime.