Former Border Patrol agent speaks out against drug prohibition - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Former Border Patrol agent speaks out against drug prohibition

Terry Nelson Terry Nelson

A Texan who spent more than 30 years in Border Patrol was in Lubbock Friday to talk about what he calls "failures" in the war on drugs.

Terry Nelson is part of an international organization known as LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

LEAP believes that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use.

"Drugs don't cause crime. The prohibition of the drug causes crime and violence. To get rid of the crime and violence you gotta make it legal, and then about 80 percent of the crime and violence will go away. But it won't do anything for our drug problem. Our drug problem is a separate issue, and our drug problem should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal justice issue, 'cause if you're an addict, you need help, not prison," Nelson said.

Nelson is speaking at a fundraising event tonight hosted by Hub City NORML, an organization which supports the reform of marijuana laws.

NORML stands for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The event was held at Obar in the Depot District.

The group plans to meet there until 2 a.m., and will continue their focus Saturday evening at the same place.

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