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An Easter Invitation: Come to Vancouver
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

CNDP's work to reform drug policy has taken us all over the United States. Most recently, we organized clergy in Vermont and Pennsylvania, achieving important victories in these states. In this newsletter, we provide an update on the progress we have made to pass more effective marijuana legislation in these states.   

We now have an exciting opportunity to travel to the West Coast, and we would like you to join us. Vancouver has pioneered an innovative approach to drug abuse, based on a harm reduction paradigm. CNDP is offering clergy the opportunity to travel to Vancouver, with expenses paid, to learn more about its approach and how it could serve as a model for more compassionate policy here in the United States. 


Rev. Alexander E. Sharp
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
An Easter Invitation
By Rev. Alexander E. Sharp 

Nearly 25 years ago, a nurse named Liz Evans in Vancouver, Canada, was told that unless addicts stopped using their drugs, nothing could be done. They might as well be left to die. She refused to accept this view. Instead, she resolved to use the hotel she was managing to house people who were unwelcome elsewhere and to provide humane care for drug addicts, whether they changed or not.

She and her colleagues formed an organization that went on to offer housing, food, health care, and support for hundreds of people in the community. This includes InSite, the only safe injection site in North America for those addicted to heroin and other illicit drugs. Through InSite, people who are sick, and living in circumstances most of us can only imagine, stay alive.  

I generally don’t use this space to extend a personal invitation, but I’m doing so now. Clergy, please consider joining me, with expenses covered, for a Study Tour to Vancouver from April 11 to 13 to learn first-hand about their program.
 
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Update: Pennsylvania and Vermont
Clergy for a New Drug Policy has rallied faith leaders on behalf of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, as well as taxation and regulation in Vermont.

The House and Senate in Pennsylvania have approved a medical marijuana bill, which we hope will soon pass to the Governor's desk.

In Vermont, the Senate has passed a bill to tax and regulate marijuana, which will now be debated in the House. 

We believe that success is possible in both states.  
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-Sign a petition to support comprehensive addiction treatment and prevention legislation.
-Contact your legislator to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

-Contact President Obama to call for clemency for prisoners of the War on Drugs.

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