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CNDP August Newsletter #2
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Marijuana and Evangelicals

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On November 8, voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Nevada will decide whether to legalize marijuana in their states.  In this issue, we offer a response to evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham, who has pledged to campaign nationally against this change.  We also continue to point out that harm reduction rather than total abstinence can save lives and reduce suffering.  We are grateful that others are helping us communicate this message.  


Rev. Alexander E. Sharp, 
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Five States to Vote on Marijuana

Religious views matter when it comes to drug policy in this country.  That’s why it was significant when Rev. Franklin Graham, who inherited his father’s evangelical network about 15 years ago, came out strongly against marijuana legalization three weeks ago.  

The timing of his announcement is no surprise.

In the last two years, four states have voted to tax and regulate marijuana, thereby eliminating sanctions for low-level possession and use. Voters in five more states (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada) will consider similar ballot initiatives on election day November 8. Rev. Graham intends to campaign across the nation in the next two months to urge people of faith to vote “No.”

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Harm Reduction: Spreading the Word
The Christian Century has just published an extended account of our clergy trip to Vancouver in April in view the only safe injection site in North America, and to Ithaca, New York, where this is being considered.  We offer this piece to you here, along with theologian Martin Marty's observations about the growing visibility and support for harm reduction in the United States.
 
Take Action

Sign CNDP's Religious Declaration against the War on Drugs

Support the Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana Amendment.
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