Last week DRCNet reported
that the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association was
considering an "Alternatives to the War on Drugs" Statement of Conscience
supported by the affiliated group Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy
Reform. On Saturday, June 22, the statement was approved at the UUA
gathering in Quebec City. Key planks of the new UUA platform including
"Establish a legal,
regulated, and taxed market for marijuana. Treat marijuana as we
Further information, including
the full text of the statement, is available at http://www.uudpr.org
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"Remove criminal penalties
for possession and use of currently illegal drugs, with drug abusers subject
to arrest and imprisonment only if they commit an actual crime (e.g., assault,
burglary, impaired driving, vandalism)."
"Drug use, drug abuse, and
drug addiction are distinct from one another. Using a drug does not
necessarily mean abusing the drug, much less addiction to it. Drug
abuse issues are essentially matters for medical attention. We do
not believe that drug use should be considered criminal behavior."
"Make all drugs legally available
with a prescription by a licensed physician, subject to professional oversight.
End the practice of punishing an individual for obtaining, possessing,
or using an otherwise illegal substance to treat a medical condition,"
and allow "medically administered drug maintenance" as a treatment option
for drug addiction.
Issue #243, 6/28/02
Editorial: The Specter of Coming Violence | DRCNet Interview: Roger Goodman, Voluntary Committee of Lawyers | DRCNet Book Review: Drug War Heresies | Supreme Court Allows Drug Testing All Students in Extracurriculars | Slim Supreme Court Majority Upholds But Also Criticizes Mandatory Minimum Sentencing | New York Rockefeller Law Reform Dies This Year as Pataki, Democrats Deadlock | Vermont Governor Quietly Signs Compromise Medical Marijuana Bill | Newsbrief: Unitarians Approve Anti-Drug War Platform | Newsbrief: Fatal Drug Overdoses on the Rise in Florida | Newsbrief: New York Pharmacies Fail to Distribute Sterile Syringes | Newsbrief: Arizona Supreme Court Rules Police Knock and Talk Violates Privacy Rights | Newsbrief: Kansas Sentencing Commission Wants to Focus on Prevention | Newsbrief: Illinois Juvenile Drug Courts Given a Green Light | Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana Distributor Angers Judge in California | Newsbrief: UN Reports Drug Use on the Rise Worldwide | Newsbrief: Scottish Police to Ignore Marijuana Use | Web Scan: Uniform Crime Report, World Prison Population List, Transnational Institute, Imani Woods, CDC, WorldNet Daily | The Reformer's Calendar
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