Retired narcotics officer pushes for legalization of marijuana in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The effort to legalize marijuana in Kansas is getting support from an unlikely source.

Former narcotics officer Jack Cole will speak to legislators Wednesday morning about why he feels legalizing and regulating illicit drugs will help reduce crime, limit drug overdoses and keep kids from experimenting.

Cole spent 26 years with the New Jersey State Police and says the war on drugs has been a complete failure. He says over the last 30 years the number of Americans older than 12 who tried an illegal drug went from 4 million to 121 million.

Cole started an organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He says he has about 100,000 supporters, many of whom are other police officers.

He'll testify before the Kansas Silver Haired Legislators supporting Senate Bill 9, which calls for the legalization of marijuana in Kansas.

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