Gierach is a former Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County, municipal
attorney, Village prosecutor, and general practitioner. He was the
youngest delegate elected to write Illinois' Constitution in 1970, a
former candidate for Cook County State's Attorney and Illinois governor,
raising drug policy and prison issues. One newspaper called him,
"Illinois' premier conscientious objector to the war on drugs."
In James’ view, the War on Drugs not only doesn't
work but is also the heart of most American crises including violent
crime, property crime, gangs, guns, prisons, student dropout rates,
corruption, overdose deaths, addition, disease, trade imbalance and the
frequent inability of governments at every level to pay the bills.
“Ironically,” James says, “the war on drugs was put in place to save our
kids from drugs and make our streets safer, but ending prohibition is
what will truly accomplish these goals.”
James has spent more than twenty years fighting drug prohibition as a
candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney and Illinois governor in
primary elections, and as an author, speaker, and attorney. He has
discussed and debated drug-policy issues on television, radio and in
front of hundreds of audiences, appearing alongside the former head of
the DEA, presiding judges, chiefs of police, and drug advisors to the
White House. He currently lives in the Chicago area.