EPPING, N.H. (AP) – A small but growing number of New Hampshire law enforcement officers have joined a group that supports legalizing drugs.

The group, called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, says it has 11,000 members in 90 countries. There are 132 members in New Hampshire, including 20 who joined in the last three months.

Epping Police Officer Bradley Jardis joined two years ago. He enforces drug laws while on the job, but off duty, he says drugs should be legal and regulated like alcohol. He says it’s wrong to treat alcoholism as a public health problem but drug addiction as a criminal problem.

Jardis’s boss, Epping Police Chief Gregory Dodge, says Jardis has a right to belong to the group though he doesn’t agree with it.


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