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CNDP March Newsletter
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March Newsletter
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

For those of us who identify as Christian, the season of fasting and repentance known as Lent has arrived. In the spirit of Lent, we have chosen to dedicate this newsletter to exploring harm reduction as an act of compassion supported by faith, as well as sound public policy.

In our ongoing work to change legislation, we have received good news that the Vermont Senate has passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana (read more about our efforts in Vermont here). We would like to thank all of the clergy in Vermont who are lending their voice to support this bill.


Rev. Alexander E. Sharp
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Reducing Harm, Saving Lives
By Rev. Alexander E. Sharp 

Rev. Edwin Sanders, the iconic African American pastor in Nashville, Tennessee, became well-known many years ago for distributing clean needles to drug addicts so that they would not become infected with HIV-AIDS and other diseases. “How can you, as a pastor, do something that encourages drug use?” he was asked. “I can’t save people's souls if they are dead,” he would answer.

Lent reminds us that as human beings we are all prisoners to addiction in some form. We all live in need of God’s grace. From a public policy standpoint, harm reduction is also the right thing to do, no matter how much "abstinence only” advocates might protest. Why?

There is Rev. Sanders’ reason, of course: addicts must be alive in order to recover. But there are more complex realities.
 
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Addiction: A Lenten Meditation
By Rev. Kathryn Ray
The season of Lent has fallen upon us once more, a time when many Christians call to mind the forty days Jesus spent facing temptation in the desert.  This season of fasting gives us an opportunity to consider the plight of those struggling with substance abuse through the lens of our own addictions.
 
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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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