On 2016's Leap Day, February 29, the organization LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) launched their first U.K. branch- and received praise from none other than Sir Richard Branson himself.
The launch of LEAP UK was announced by Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), the Executive Director of LEAP. In a followup email dated March 3 he shared the above video of famed billionaire, explorer and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.
In the video, Branson appears comfortable- comfortable clothes, comfortable surroundings and a sincere comfort with the subject matter.
"The so-called War on Drugs has been an enormous failure," he said. "No matter how aggressive our strategies, they have failed completely to curb the drug demand or supply in a noticeable way."
Sir Richard Branson outlined the need for "smart, evidence-based policies that empower law enforcement agencies to do what they were set up to do: fight real crime and keep our communities safe."
He concluded with, "I'm thrilled to see that the movement for reform is taking hold. Law enforcement must be part of the solution. This is why I stand with LEAP UK on Leap Day, and this is why I'm standing for drug law reform. Thank you, and best of luck."
In his letter, Franklin said the launch of LEAP U.K. was "very successful." The day's schedule included a press conference in the House of Commons.
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Source: The Compassion Chronicles