Unitarian Drug Stand Draws Favorable Response from West Virginia Paper 7/5/02

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Last week, DRCNet reported on the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly vote to make ending the war on drugs part of church policy (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/243.html#statementofconscience). In their newly adopted platform, the UUs call for a legal, regulated marijuana market; an end to criminal penalties for simple drug possession; and the provision of hard drugs through a legal prescription regime.

Their stand has resonated in at least one unexpected place. On Tuesday, a leading West Virginia newspaper noted with approval the UU's new drug policy platform and called drug prohibition "a colossal flop." In its editorial, the Charleston Gazette wrote: "Believe it or not, an American religious denomination has called for legalizing all narcotics, which would halt the billion-dollar national 'war on drugs' and free hundreds of thousands of prison inmates."

The Gazette, with a circulation of 52,000 in Charleston, West Virginia's Kanawha Valley, and nearby areas of Ohio and Pennsylvania, quoted from the UU platform and remarks made by UU leaders before noting: "Of course, conservative politicians will denounce this proposal and call instead for locking up more Americans. But we think the church stand reflects a lot of wisdom. Prohibition, America's historic attempt to ban alcohol, was a colossal flop. And the 'war on drugs' is virtually a carbon copy of it."

Chalk one up for the Unitarians. Who will be the next?

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