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More churches look toward ending the war on drugs

My father is a retired minister in the United Methodist church, so I was very pleased to see this new resolution from the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist church…

Our United Methodist Book of Discipline charges us to seek restorative, not punitive, justice. Specifically, it states,

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. (BOD PP164, H)

To that end, we offer the following resolution as an appeal to end the so-called “War on Drugs.”

Whereas: The public policy of prohibition of certain narcotics and psychoactive substances, sometimes called the “War on Drugs,” has failed to achieve the goal of eliminating, or even reducing, substance abuse and;

Whereas: There have been a large number of unintentional negative consequences as a result of this failed public policy and;

Whereas: One of those consequences is a huge and violent criminal enterprise that has sprung up surrounding the Underground Market dealing in these prohibited substances and;

Whereas: Many lives have been lost as a result of the violence surrounding this criminal enterprise, including innocent citizens and police officers and;

Whereas: Many more lives have been lost to overdose because there is no regulation of potency, purity or adulteration in the production of illicit drugs and;

Whereas: Our court system has been severely degraded due to the overload caused by prohibition cases and;

Whereas: Our prisons are overcrowded with persons, many of whom are non-violent, convicted of violation of the prohibition laws and;

Whereas: Many of our citizens now suffer from serious diseases, contracted through the use of unsanitary needles, which now threaten our population at large and;

Whereas: To people of color, the “War on Drugs” has arguably been the single most devastating, dysfunctional social policy since slavery and;

Whereas: Huge sums of our national treasury are wasted on this failed public policy and;

Whereas: Other countries, such as Portugal and Switzerland, have dramatically reduced the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by utilizing means other than prohibition to address the problem of substance abuse and;

Whereas: The primary mission of our criminal justice system is to prevent violence to our citizens and their property, and to ensure their safety, therefore;

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.

Big shout-out to LEAP for their work in this area.

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11 comments to More churches look toward ending the war on drugs

  • DonDig

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    Hallelujah!

  • oh Kayiyi

    .

    Q.- The big fellow gave it to you?

    A.- Yes, he gave it to me.

    Q.- Do you know who this big fellow was?

    • Duncan20903

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      The Times is still publishing? Is it online only?

      Edit, no, I see now, it’s in an alternate universe.

    • Crut

      LOL.

      When he assumed office in 2009, President Obama inherited a drug policy success of unprecedented dimensions. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and misused opiate prescriptions were all under control or declining. The drug threat, especially for youth, was substantially smaller. That tide of achievement is now reversing

      That’s how it starts? Declaring past efforts an unprecedented success?? aha, hah, hahaha… aww… The dementia of that pair is getting worse by the hour.

      I can just see the old racist white guys in some of those comments. Ready for that mentality to die off.

  • Here is a drug war case in point:

    Congress questions ‘cold’ searches, seizures by DEA
    http://tinyurl.com/ov5qd9z

  • DdC

    OTish, This one small step for man by the clergy is still a continuous JP Sousa marching step backward for mankind. It’s coming to pass that it is not good enough physically and mentally to just “not persecute”. While continuing to abstain. Obviously incrementally it’s better for the victims, but still as obvious a persecution all along, and still put up with.

    CED is as much infested in the church as it is the military, media, schools, politics, police, corporations and courts. Regimented bullshit for decades and even generations handing it down. Self imposed slavery, the life of a drug worrier. Swapping liberty for pseudo safety. Holding children up as shields to hide behind. Getting paid for persecuting citizens. Highly contagious with failed attempts at mass inoculations in school DARE indoctrinations.

    Oh really?

    Blocking brain’s ‘internal marijuana’ may trigger early Alzheimer’s deficits, study shows
    A-beta, a substance suspected as a prime culprit in Alzheimer’s disease, may start impairing learning and memory long before plaques form in the brain.

    Turn the world purple for Alzheimer’s awareness!

    Sweet Purple Marijuana Strain
    http://oi57.tinypic.com/2rh34sn.jpg

    Using Pot To Save Brains! ecp

    After 12,000 years of use and then 78 years of cold turkey abstinence. Fear centers are growing. More dependance on authority, swapping liberties to keep you safe. More blind obedience and serving without questions. You know, prohibitionist’s are the result.

    ~ If it were not for these cannabinoids in breast milk, newborn children would not know how to eat, nor would they necessarily have the desire to eat, which could result in severe malnourishment and even death.

    ~ Scientists have begun speculating that the root cause of disease conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome. Are You Cannabis Deficient?

    Drug Worriers preferred methods of treatment…
    Ambien☛Celexa☛Xanax☛Prozac☛Zoloft
    delusions,dementia,lack of feeling or emotion,thoughts of killing oneself, confusion, shakiness, lack of emotion,loss of memory,Behavior change similar to drunkenness, convulsions, (seizures), changes in patterns and rhythms of speech,clumsiness or unsteadiness,difficulty with coordination,shakiness and unsteady walk,feeling sad or empty, inability to sit still,difficulty with concentration, drowsiness, mood or behavior changes, very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out; agitation, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite…

    • DdC

      Archeology: Ancient Temple Hashish Incense! Did Jesus Inhale?

      THE NECTAR OF DELIGHT

      The Indian vadas sang of Cannabis as one of the divine nectars, able to give man anything from good health and long life to visions of the gods. The Zend-Avesta of 600 B.C. mentions an intoxicating resin, and the Assyrians used Cannabis as an incense as early as the ninth century B.C..

      Folklore maintians that the use of Hemp was introduced to Persia during the reign of Khursu (A.D. 531-579), but it is known that the Assyrians used Hemp as an incense during the first millennium B.C..

      Do Drugs Have Religious Import?
      1. Drugs and Religion Viewed Historically
      2. Drugs and Religion Viewed Phenomenologically
      3. Drugs and Religion Viewed Philosophically
      Why do people reject evidence? Because they find it threatening, we may suppose.

      The Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church
      Herb (marijuana) is a Godly creation from the beginning of the world. It is known as the weed of wisdom, angel’s food, the tree of life and even the “Wicked Old Ganja Tree”. Its purpose in creation is as a fiery sacrifice to be offered to our Redeemer during obligations. The political worldwide organizations have framed mischief on it and called it drugs.

      On Indications of the Hachish-Vice in the OT erowid
      The theory is, that both Saul and Jonathan were hachish-eaters; it was a secret vice of the palace, while it was strictly forbidden to the people; Saul had learned it of the Amalekites.

      The Tree of Life…
      4Ezra.2 [12] They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet savour;
      they shall neither labour, nor be weary.

      My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will be no priest to Me … for I desired mercy and not sacrifice.
      (Hosea 4:6, 6:6)

      The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy With Cannabis

      These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood; An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief; A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethern.”
      (Prov. 6:16-19)

      “shall not bear false witness”

      “As someone who spent 35 years wearing a police uniform, I’ve come to believe that hundreds of thousands of law-enforcement officers commit felony perjury every year testifying about drug arrests.”
      – Joseph McNamara, former San Jose Chief of Police

    • NorCalNative

      DdC, hope your delivery service has been good to you lately.

      I took a gander at the Stanford Medical News story you linked to titled “Blocking brain’s ‘internal marijuana’ may trigger early Alzheimer’s deficit.”

      They have learned that messing with our body’s ECS is a bad thing. A healthy endocannabinoid system is ALL about homeostasis. We Didn’t NEED a new study to tell us that, you can find studies on PubMed all day that include that info.

      NO, what they seem intent on dispensing is the idea that smoked OR oral cannabis is somehow bad for our ECS receptors and that regular users with HIGH tolerances are setting themselves up for Alzheimer’s.

      A couple of interesting tidbits go along with this Stanford “study.” First, Elan Pharmaceuticals is one of the study’s sponsors. In 2011 the FBI fined Elan $100 MILLION under the “False Claims Act.” Elan was trying to increase the profits of their ANTI-EPILEPTIC drug Zonegran by pushing off-label uses for (epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, tardive dyskinesia, obesity, migraines, and bi-polar depression).

      If you look closely, those off-label uses are ALL things “full extract cannabis oil” is also known to treat. Also, the drug made by Elan, Zonegran is an anti-epileptic drug. In short, cannabis oil is a huge THREAT to the business model and profits of this drug and company.

      The second interesting tidbit is that some Mormon dude with the last name Romney (Tagg Romney) was part of Elan Pharmaceuticals management team at one time. No idea if Tagg was involved with them when they were fined by the FBI.

      So, is Stanford dealing with Fat-Pharma in order to put medicinal cannabis out of the market, because it sure looks like it to me. Between a fraudulent Pharma company and the connection to the Romney’s I wonder if we can consider this good science or propaganda?

      Time to weave my lane position over to my cannabis drawer. It was touch-and-go but I made it despite my heavy load of metabolites.

      • DdC

        So far the deliveries are still being made. They are working with the county on the growing ban proposed to keep out the imports trying to take advantage of our progressive laws, they say. I see it as pretty clearly the same old fat pharma and with hemp many other corporate profiteers getting their way over the will of the peoples. Obama lowering it to a schedule#2 would eliminate state laws and keep prohibition profits along with Hemp outlawed. I just don’t understand how state cops can bust anything since prop 215. Like it says, probably only eradicate the plants and trash the homes and then move on to someone else without arresting prosecuting anyone. Like forfeiture laws. We need Obama to remove it as a scheduled substance.

  • DdC

    Hitler the junkie
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ_1Acw5I3Y

    “Parallel to the training of the body a struggle against the poisoning of the soul must begin. Our whole public life today is like a hothouse for sexual ideas and simulations. Just look at the bill of fare served up in our movies, vaudeville and theaters, and you will hardly be able to deny that this is not the right kind of food, particularly for the youth…Theater, art, literature, cinema, press, posters, and window displays must be cleansed of all manifestations of our rotting world and placed in the service of a moral, political, and cultural idea.”
    Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf”, Vol. 1, Chapter 10

    Catholic Church on Cannabis

    “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . we need believing people.”
    Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi Vatican Concordant of 1933

    Religious drug treatment in Texas

    In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty, He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
    Thomas Jefferson, 1814

    Pope calls for more killing.

    “Arbitrary and capricious” is legal language that was used by DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young in 1988 to conclude that DEA was obligated under the Controlled Substances Act to reschedule marijuana as a prescription medicine. DEA Chief Administrator Robert Bonner proceeded to arbitrarily and capriciously disregard Judge Young’s well researched and reasoned decision, which the Act allowed him to do.)

    O.N.D.C.Pope