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Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by 37flthd, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. Thought this was interesting reading. As always, "Hope springs eternal"...

    -------- Forwarded message --------
    Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 09:47:51 -0400
    From: Charles Thomas
    To: drugpolicyupdates@uudpr.org
    Subject: STRAT: Great news! UUA's drug policy Statement of Conscience passes intact

    Dear friends,

    I'm still here in Quebec City, where the UUA passed the drug policy
    reform Statement of Conscience yesterday. While a few UUs made a
    sincere attempt to defeat it and/or delete the most favorable parts,
    UUDPR successfully persuaded the necessary two-thirds majority of
    delegates to vote to pass it intact.

    There were some minor word changes in some parts, so the final version
    will not be on our web page until this evening. However, the best
    excerpts appear in our news release, below.

    We'll be faxing our release tonight and pitching reporters on Monday.
    Please flood your local newspapers with letters-to-the-editor this
    week. (To learn the most effective ways to right letters-to-the-editor
    on the drug issue, see http://www.mapinc.org ).

    Many thanks to all of you who helped to make this possible.

    Now the real work begins: public advocacy of the UUA's positions,
    including outreach to other denominations and working with the drug
    policy reform movement on local, state and national endeavors. Our new
    full-time communications director, Rose Deavers, and I will be e-mailing
    and calling you when there are important opportunities for you to take
    action!

    Peace,

    Chuck Thomas, executive director
    Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform (UUDPR)
    http://www.uudpr.org
    301-270-1209

    For Immediate Release June 24, 2002

    Unitarian Universalist Association Breaks New Ground in Drug Policy
    Reform

    Denomination Calls for an End to the Drug War: "Remove Criminal
    Penalties"

    June 22, 2002 The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
    passed a Statement of Conscience calling for "Alternatives to the War on
    Drugs." The religious denomination representing more than 1,000
    congregations throughout the United States declared, "We do not
    believe that drug use should be considered criminal behavior."

    The comprehensive Statement of Conscience was passed at the 2002
    General Assembly of the denomination (headquartered in Boston,
    Massachusetts) by a two-thirds majority of delegates from the
    congregations. Recognizing that "the consequences of the current drug
    war are cruel and counterproductive," the Statement calls for
    "alternatives that regard the reduction of harm as the appropriate
    standard by which to assess drug policies."

    The denomination's Principles recognize the "worth and dignity of every
    person" and advocate "justice, equity and compassion in human
    relations." The Statement of Conscience declares that the punitive,
    coercive drug policies of the United States violate these core religious
    principles.

    Specific proposals include:

    -- "Establish a legal, regulated, and taxed market for marijuana. Treat
    marijuana as we treat alcohol."

    -- "Remove criminal penalties for possession and use of currently
    illegal drugs, with drug abusers subject to arrest and imprisonment only
    if they commit an actual crime (e.g., assault, burglary, impaired
    driving, vandalism)."

    -- "Drug use, drug abuse, and drug addiction are distinct from one
    another. Using a drug does not necessarily mean abusing the drug, much
    less addiction to it. Drug abuse issues are essentially matters for
    medical attention. We do not believe that drug use should be considered
    criminal behavior."

    -- "Make all drugs legally available with a prescription by a licensed
    physician, subject to professional oversight. End the practice of
    punishing an individual for obtaining, possessing, or using an otherwise
    illegal substance to treat a medical condition," and allow "medically
    administered drug maintenance" as a treatment option for drug addiction.

    This groundbreaking Statement of Conscience goes beyond what any other
    religious denomination has thus far adopted. Unitarian Universalists
    plan to encourage other people of faith to follow suit.

    "We are hopeful that this powerful Statement will pave the way for
    other denominations to join the movement for more just and compassionate
    drug policies," said Charles Thomas, executive director of Unitarian
    Universalists for Drug Policy Reform, the denomination affiliate that
    facilitated the congregations' study and development of the Statement of
    Conscience. "Drug abuse can be a serious problem for some people, but
    it should be dealt with as a health issue, not a crime."
     

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  2. -- "Make all drugs legally available with a prescription by a licensed
    physician, subject to professional oversight. End the practice of
    punishing an individual for obtaining, possessing, or using an otherwise
    illegal substance to treat a medical condition," and allow "medically
    administered drug maintenance" as a treatment option for drug addiction.




    This is their downfall. "Make all drugs...", does that really include all drugs? Prescription drugs are pretty easy to get. Either go to a doctor who will prescribe everything you ask for or find someone who does and work out a deal with him. At least, that's how it is in TN. You can make a few calls and get any prescribed drug you want. I just don't believe that certain drugs (herion, for example), should be available by prescription. I just think it would be a bad idea.



    But, by all means...FREE MARYJANE!!!!!!
     
  3. Is this in Canada where these proposals are being made?
     
  4. I beleive that this is FINALLY happening in America!

    WOOO HOOOO!

    Education is, and will always be, our most effective weapon against unjustness.
     
  5. USA, for now KronosX. I'm sure that if it catches as they hope, Canada will be next...
     
  6. another website you might want to look at is
    www.christiansforcannabis.com

    ABC did a story on this site, and the founder, yet failed to give the actual URL for the site.....

    Our voice is getting louder...... :)
     
  7. Wow, this refers to the US? I had the impression that Canada was way ahead of us in this race, but these proposals seem to tell a different story.
     

  8. yeah but the plan is that through this completely new approach to drugs there will be less abuse even if the drugs are more easilly available.

    i'm not saying it WILL work, but it sure is better that what came before. And they seem to have done it better than portugaul did... they just rushed into it, and started working out the details of treatment centres etc later.

    UK NEXT! (pleeeeease!)
    at the very least get cannabis stricken even from it's class C status.
     
  9. My crusade is strictly for MaryJane because she is so different from all other drugs. I don't so much agree with that approach but I'm thrilled that people are trying to change things.
     

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