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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Six Hundred Christian Churches Call For The Drug War To End

church drug war christian marijuanaLast Saturday the New England Conference of United Methodist Churches, a group representing 600 congregations in six Northeastern states, voted in favor of Resolution 15-203, which uses Christian principles to call for an end to the War on Drugs.

The resolution begins:

“In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole. Restorative justice grows out of biblical authority, which emphasizes a right relationship with God, self and community. When such relationships are violated or broken through crime, opportunities are created to make things right.”

It goes on to detail how the drug war has failed to achieve its intended goal of reducing drug abuse and has resulted in numerous unintended consequences such as the creation of violent and dangerous underground markets, countless lost lives from gang violence and unregulated products, increased dangers posed to law enforcement, prison overcrowding, the rapid spread of needle-borne illnesses due to a lack of sterile syringes, and the disparate impact that these laws have had on poor communities of color.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Co-founder Lt. Jack Cole (Ret.), who, along with the group Christians Against Prohibition, worked with the assembly to pass the resolution, recounted his experience as one of warm support and appreciation, particularly from families who have been directly affected by drug prohibition.

“When I came off the stage I was met by many assembly members telling me how important the resolution was,” said Lt. Cole. “One said that…I had described his family. His daughter died ten years ago of a drug overdose and he and his wife were left to raise her two children. That gentleman was sure that if drugs had been legal his daughter would not have died.”

“Jesus concerned himself with the plight of the poor and marginalized in his society. In our society, the story of the poor and marginalized is one of mass incarceration, racial injustice, and the breakdown of families caused by the War on Drugs,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of LEAP.

The statement ends with a declaration of support for LEAP and a commitment to work to regulate drugs from a public health perspective:

“Be it Resolved: That the New England Annual Conference supports seeking means other than prohibition to address the problem of substance abuse; and is further resolved to support the mission of the international educational organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ending drug prohibition.”

The resolution can be found here: http://www.leap.cc/united_methodist_res/

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LEAP is committed to ending decades of failed policy that have wreaked havoc on public safety, damaged community relations with police, fostered corruption and racism, and largely ignored the public health crisis of addiction. The War on Drugs has cost more than $1 trillion dollars, yielded no positive outcomes, and has ultimately diverted the penal system’s attention away from more important crimes.

  • Sunnie Day Sanchez

    THIS IS SO RAD!

  • Nathaniel

    The God said, “I give you EVERY seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it….” Genesis 1:29
    Any Christian who is not in favor of having unfettered access to the coca plant, cannabis, poppies, along with many other medicinal greenery needs to take a page out of these fine folks playbook.
    I say Amen! to their support!

    • mike

      People are stupid. Do they really think that there’s people out there who are like ” man I wish this drug was legal I’d totally get some ” lmao. Like they’re holding off on doing drugs just because it’s illegal. Alcohol is legal and I don’t drink… Hmmm imagine that.

      • Whyiowa4medical

        I am with you on this one 100%!!! I have not drank alcohol since I did business with bars, clubs, and other events (1992-1996). I do not need a law to tell me something is acceptable for me, but as I get older I am a refugee in a state that will not even consider medical use until 2020, or beyond and I cannot afford the prison time.

  • AethiopicPecan

    Proverbs 15:17
    Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

  • ted mishler

    Jesus healed people with cannabis, so this country who has in God we trust on coins

    kaneh-bos is in the Septuagint, and Jesus was said to have healed people with it.

  • jimheffner

    What took them so long? Those who try to live by the Wiccan Rede – ‘and it harm none, do what you will’ – have been against prohibition since before the Tax Act Of 1937.

  • Reform Jews came out in favor of medical in 2004.

  • Cleo Lenora Wolf

    Medical Cannabis should be Legal in “all the States”! (for Adults only!) Alcohol is far worse & causes folks to be Violent!, (Weed just relaxes you)…. and how about those “Pills” that can kill you? Even Recreational Weed is less harmful than Alcohol & Pills! Geez!!!!! I don’t Indulge, because I don’t want to Break the Law!! :) *peace…..:)

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  • JohnS

    Finally some actions that make rational sense instead of this greedy power grab with law enforcement, corrupt politicians who lay down for cash, and the infamous pharmaceuticals, whose executives are resigning in droves to found a lot of these companies.

  • David Michal

    Here is my take on original sin;
    The forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden was a metaphor for prohibition. The forbidden tree was the story itself and was a warning what would happen if we were to have prohibition in our society. It is the 1st lesson in the bible which shows serious consequences of making gods creations prohibitive. Main point of original sin is that God is showing us that prohibition does not work. Look at the world now and the consequences of the war on drugs, where we have government agencies on one hand against terrorism and on the other hand feeding the black market and terrorism with their own market of illegal drugs.
    Maybe it was telling us something about modern times and that in supporting prohibition you are committing that original sin enticed by Satan with fear and greed like our politicians being lobbied by special interests to keep prohibition going at the cost of enslaving, and dividing our society in a repetitive cycle.