Christian Church Calls For Legalization

The New England Conference of the United Methodist Church said on Saturday that the "War on Drugs" has been a failure.  The group has passed a resolution, stating that the group, "supports seeking means other than prohibition to address the problem of substance abuse.”  

To back their resolution, drug policy reform organizations such as Christians Against Prohibition and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are in agreement with the church.  The resolution specifically states, "Our United Methodist Book of Discipline charges us to seek restorative, not punitive, justice. Specifically, it states,

In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole. Restorative justice grows out of biblical authority, which emphasizes a right relationship with God, self and community. When such relationships are violated or broken through crime, opportunities are created to make things right. (BOD PP164, H)

The group points out, "to people of color, the “War on Drugs” has arguably been the single most devastating, dysfunctional social policy since slavery."  In addition to the unfairness against minorities when it comes to cannabis, the unnecessary attention to the drug has led to the loss of lives due to overdose of illicit drugs.

Now, advocates for legalization are requesting that the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church consider adopting the resolution to their 2016 meeting.