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Pennsylvania Religious Leaders To Announce Support For Medical Marijuana


church drug war christian marijuanaA group of Pennsylvania religious leaders will announce their support for medical marijuana legislation Wednesday at a news conference at 11 a.m. ET on the Lt. Governor’s Balcony in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. They will then visit with lawmakers to convey their support in person.

A diverse group of more than 50 clergy members in Pennsylvania have signed a statement urging state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law this year. A list of signers will be posted Wednesday at http://www.ClergyForCompassion.com.

“We cannot remain silent while people in pain and anguish are deprived of a viable, safe, and responsible remedy,” the statement reads. “While we may practice different faiths and come from different communities, we share the same commitment to improving the broader community through the practice of humanity, healing, mercy, and compassion. That is why, as leaders within our respective communities of faith, we are joining together to encourage the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt sensible, comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.”

Speakers at the news conference will include Pastor Shawn Berkebile of Abbotstown, Rev. Theodore Cockley of Williamsport, Rabbi George Stern of Philadelphia, and Pastor Bonnie Whittier of Codorus. They will be joined by Rev. Alexander Sharp of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which is rallying clergy nationwide in support of sensible medical marijuana legislation.

WHAT: News conference at which Pennsylvania faith leaders will urge state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: Lt. Governor’s Balcony, Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg

WHO: Pastor Shawn Berkebile, Abbotstown

Rev. Theodore Cockley, Williamsport

Rabbi George Stern, Philadelphia

Pastor Bonnie Whittier, Codorus

Other Pennsylvania clergy members

Rev. Alexander Sharp, Clergy for a New Drug Policy


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  1. at a time when the world is trying to get away from this war on drugs why is all party’s …. and looks to me like Obama to is trying to keep news from getting out on this.. what I found odd is news just came out on the war on drugs and all
    party’s are trying to stop it from getting out to the people….why
    would obama try to stop this form getting to the people of the
    USA……… UN drugs office urged to publish leaked paper backing

    October 21, 2015

    Delegates at an international drug-policy conference in Malaysia urged
    the UN drugs office on Wednesday to officially release a leaked policy
    paper in which it makes a landmark call for decriminalisation.

    British tycoon Richard Branson, a decriminalisation advocate and member
    of a global drugs commission, caused a stir earlier this week by leaking
    the document which proposes decriminalising drug use and possession
    “for personal consumption.”

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had originally
    intended for its paper to be presented this week in Kuala Lumpur, but
    scrapped those plans and has since claimed it was “not a final

    But more than 500 conference delegates from around the world, including
    leading medical professionals, researchers, and activists, on Wednesday
    held up copies of the two-page document, calling for its recommendations
    to be adopted.

    “The overwhelming support from our delegates today for the UNODC’s drug
    decriminalisation recommendations should embolden them to show brave
    leadership on this issue, and publish the document in its current form,”
    said Rick Lines, head of Harm Reduction International, a global NGO
    advocating drug-policy reform, which organised the conference.

    The UNODC paper says decriminalising personal use of illicit drugs could
    reduce the incarceration of millions of people worldwide, saying they
    often suffer subsequent judicial and rights abuses in many countries.

    Bringing drug use out of the shadows could help curb the spread of HIV
    and other health threats, and reduce strain on prisons, it said.

    In leaking the report on his blog Monday, Branson called it “a
    refreshing shift that could go a long way to finally end the needless
    criminalisation of millions of drug users around the world.”

    “The war on drugs has done too much damage to too many people already,”
    makes to much money putting your loved ones in jail….

  2. Closet Warrior on

    I know right, in the Bible it’s first page news- Genesis lays claim to our right over our domain of all the seed bearing plants and herbs to use and yea He saw that it was good. All good brothers and sisters.

  3. It is nice to see these religious leaders finally realise God didn’t make a mistake with Cannabis.

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