Jack Cole from LEAP

Today on Hempresent Vivian McPeak is joined by Jack Cole from LEAP. They discuss Jack’s thoughts on topics inclusion the legalization process thus far, as well as how much of a role he thinks the drug war has played in the sense of animosity and disconnect between the police and those of color.

Jack Cole


Jack Cole knows about the “war on drugs” from several perspectives. He retired as a Detective Lieutenant after a 26-year career with the New Jersey State Police—fourteen in narcotics, mostly as an undercover officer. His investigations spanned cases from street drug users to international “billion-dollar” drug trafficking organizations.

Jack ended his undercover career living nearly two years in Boston and New York City, posing as a fugitive drug dealer wanted for murder, while tracking members of a terrorist organization that robbed banks, planted bombs in corporate headquarters, court-houses, police stations, and airplanes and ultimately murdered a New Jersey State Trooper. Jack is a founding member and for eight years was executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an international organization representing cops, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens, and supporters from 86 countries, who know a system of legalized regulation of all drugs will remove the violence which is the result of drug prohibition. He currently serves on LEAP’s Board of Directors, and is an international speaker.