CNDP February Newsletter
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February Newsletter
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Great news -- Vermont has taken an important step toward becoming the first state to legalize marijuana by legislative action (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have done so by ballot initiative).  I spent last week in the Vermont cities of Barre, West Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, and Montpelier recruiting clergy.  Ten have so far have committed their support. With this base, the number will increase in the coming weeks.  This newsletter reports on the issues and our progress. 
Rev. Alexander E. Sharp
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Clergy and Marijuana in Vermont
Two-part series by Rev. Alexander Sharp -This past week, Clergy for a New Drug Policy joined efforts in Vermont to pass legislation to tax and regulate marijuana.  CNDP supports this bill because it has the potential to reduce racial disparities and militarized police action, and to promote treatment.  Through this bill, Vermont provides a model for the rest of the nation. We commend Governor Shumlin's leadership on this key issue.  

In this two-part series, we explore what is happening on the front lines in Vermont.  The first post outlines the contents of the bill and why clergy should support it.  The second shares what the governor of Vermont has said, and what health, safety, and justice issues are at stake.
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A Voice from the Gospel
By Rev. Kathryn Ray
“It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

With these words, Jesus spurns a Syrophoenician woman seeking healing for her daughter. His use of the word “dog,” an ethnic slur to refer to non-Jews, brands her as an outsider unfit to receive the mercy of God’s healing.  For the sake of my faith, I am glad the story does not stop there. And yet, in a country governed by policies begun during the War on Drugs, I too often see the story stopping there.
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