Jack A. Cole

Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

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Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; former counter-narcotics agent and policy officer

Jack A. Cole on KCRW

As a US Senator, Barack Obama said, “The war on drugs is an utter failure.” Many narcotics agents, prosecutors and judges agree. New York may repeal tough anti-drug laws.

Is it Time to Cease Fire in the War on Drugs?

As a US Senator, Barack Obama said, “The war on drugs is an utter failure.” Many narcotics agents, prosecutors and judges agree. New York may repeal tough anti-drug laws.

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As a US Senator, Barack Obama said, "The war on drugs is an utter failure." Many narcotics agents, prosecutors and judges agree.

Is It Time to Cease Fire in the War on Drugs?

As a US Senator, Barack Obama said, "The war on drugs is an utter failure." Many narcotics agents, prosecutors and judges agree.

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