U.S. retired detective backs medical use

An internationally known drug law reformer gave his support to the medical use of marijuana. The reformer, retired New Jersey detective Jack A. Cole, testified before the  Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Jurídicos, which is considering bill No. 19.256.

A legislative summary said that he told lawmakers that he opposes the personal and recreational use of marijuana but that he has known families with members who were diseased who were aided by the substance.

Cole is a founder of  Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a non-profit made up of current and former police officers and others who oppose the U.S. war on drugs. Cole rose to the rank of lieutenant with the New Jersey State Police.

He urged lawmakers not to prohibit the medical use of cannabis  said the summary of his testimony.

Also testifying was the Rev. Martin Ignacio Díaz Velásquez, a clergyman specialized in human rights and drug policy. He works with youngsters involved with drugs in El Salvador. He also supported the medical use of cannabis, according to the summary.

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