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About Diane Wattles-Goldstein

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Diane Goldstein is a 21-year veteran of law enforcement who retired as the first female lieutenant for the Redondo Beach Police Department, (CA). She is a speaker and Executive Board Member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post, The Leaf Online, High Times, The Orange Juice Blog, Medical Marijuana 411, and Ladybud Magazine, as well as appearing on television and on radio as a political commentator.

Posts by Diane Wattles-Goldstein:

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

As a career police officer and an Executive Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement professionals opposed to the War on Drugs, I have long believed that one of the most corrupting influences in policing is the enforcement of our drug laws. A lead story on Politico recently shouted […]

Cops Gone Wild: What T-Shirtgate Exposes About Police Culture

Cops Gone Wild: What T-Shirtgate Exposes About Police Culture

Can someone pass the Advil? I have had a raging headache keeping up with the media coverage on what can only be described as T-Shirtgate. Last week a San Diego multi-jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force (NTF) consisting of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, DEA and other state and local agencies served a search warrant on an […]

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

This past week I have watched both the print and television media’s response to the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson. For the first time, the mainstream media has finally started to question the militarization of law enforcement and its impact on our communities. My question is: What took you so long? […]

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

On the first day of the Fourth World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm this month, Kevin Sabet from Project SAM posted a slide that listed things that “we must push back against” when discussing marijuana legalization. Of the five bullet points, the third one stated “Marijuana Legalization = Social Justice.” What Sabet is asking is for […]

BREAKING NEWS – “Drug Endangered Children” Legislation in Colorado

BREAKING NEWS – “Drug Endangered Children” Legislation in Colorado

IMAGE: Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child (The Goodnight Hug) As a frontline police officer I spent a twenty year career responding to calls where I attempted to balance the power and authority I had to protect lives while trying not to inflict any harm. Every police officer has a story of their most horrific moment […]

Save Law Enforcement & Just End the Drug War Already

Save Law Enforcement & Just End the Drug War Already

In earlier columns, I have written about unconstitutional body cavity searches. The previous incidents occurred in Texas, but as in all trends, both good and bad, we are now seeing occurrences in other states as well. No longer is it just women that are being victimized, but men as well. Since last July because of lawsuits […]

Drug War Addict of The Year

Drug War Addict of The Year

Richard Blackwell famously started the “Ten Worst Dressed Women List” years ago to create a media furor around fashion design. Given the media’s attention to a subject that is frankly trivial, maybe we can redirect them this year to my “Drug War Addict of The Year” award. This title can be won either by an […]

The Empty Chair at The Holiday Table

The Empty Chair at The Holiday Table

As part of my work with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) I have met many activist women that have helped me channel my loss into something that is both constructive and meaningful. This work is both selfish and altruistic, as it has helped me transform my pain into action. I have written previously concerning the […]

Saving Law Enforcement From Themselves, Again and Again

Saving Law Enforcement From Themselves, Again and Again

Is there something different in the air in Missouri when it comes to law enforcement and social media postings? I have written previously about the Columbia Police Officer’s Association president who made simply asinine remarks relative to unconstitutional body cavity searches, and today, I found this in the Riverfront Times from a different member of […]