In the News

2019

Despite Legalization, Public Marijuana Use Remains Prohibited in Illinois
ABC 7 Chicago- June, 2019

Religious Communities Consider How Much Faith to Put in Marijuana
The Philadelphia Inquirer – June, 2019

The Christian Case for Legal Weed 
One Illinois- May, 2019

Don’t Wait to Legalize Marijuana in Illinois
One Illinois- May, 2019

Jesus Would Have Been Cool with Weed, Says ‘Christian Cannabis’ Pastor
VICE- May, 2019

New Group Pushes for Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois
NBC 5 Chicago- April, 2019

South Carolina Faith Leaders Rally in Support of Medical Marijuana
Fox Carolina- March, 2019

Sen. Dick Durbin; ‘The Religious Left’ In Illinois; Rep. Rodney Davis
NPR’s The 21st Show- February, 2019

Legalizing Pot is the Way to Social Justice 
Chicago Sun Times- February, 2019

Dems Say Pot Bill Will Create Social Justice, but Black Leaders Aren’t Sold Yet
Chicago Sun Times- January, 2019

2018

My Take: Legalizing Marijuana in Michigan is the Right Thing to do
Holland Sentinel – November, 2018

Clergy: Re SQ 788, healing is most important
NewsOK – June, 2018

For some Christian voters in Oklahoma, medical marijuana is a ‘moral issue’
ABC News – June, 2018

The Questions Private Prisons Raise
Christian Century- June, 2018

Instead of More Policing, a Model to Provide More Services
The Chicago Reporter- May, 2018

Organization Visits Rockford to Fight War on Drugs
WREX- May, 2018

Politicians not Accepting Truth About WV Opioid Problem
Charleston Gazette-Mail- March, 2018

2017

Commissioner wants Legalization of Marijuana on March Ballot
CLTV, November, 2017

Commissioner wants voters to have a say in legalization of marijuana
CBS Chicago- November, 2017

Forum: Clergy support regulating marijuana like alcohol
New Haven Register- June, 2017

Chicago’s War On Drugs
James Gierach CAN-TV- May, 2017

Illinois lawmakers push to legalize recreational marijuana [Video]
WGN TV- April, 2017

Marijuana Legalization Hearings, Support Coalition Announced
Chicago Patch- April, 2017
(Also via DNA Info and Chicago Sun Times)

CNDP Participates in Press Conference to Support Taxation and Regulation in Connecticut [Video]
Regulate Connecticut- March, 2017

2016

Reverend Explains Why Religious Leaders Support Prop to Legalize Marijuana [Video]
Fox News Network, Phoenix- October, 2016

Religious Groups Say Vote Yes on Prop 205 [Video]
Tucson News- October, 2016 (also via KPHO/KTVK Phoenix CBS 5)

Martin E. Marty, Professor Emeritus of University of Chicago Divinity School, commends harm reduction efforts of CNDP
Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion- September, 2016
(also via Religion News Service)

The War on Drugs Failed. What Now?
The Christian Century- August, 2016

Drugs, Mercy, and the Gospel: Rev. Alexander Sharp [Audio included] Things Not Seen- July, 2016 (Download Transcript)

Reverend’s open letter to Tobin for calling to keep cannabis criminalized
RI Future – May 24, 2016

Clergy for a New Drug Policy on State of Mind [Video]
Fox News in Providence – May 20, 2016

Dr. King and the War on Drugs
Huffington Post – January 22, 2016

2015

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Illinois, Faith Leaders Voice Support
The Daily Chronicle – December 10, 2015

R.I. panel calls war on drugs ‘a complete failure’
Providence Journal – December 5, 2015

Opinion: Sen. Kirk must stand with criminal justice reform
Chicago Sun Times – November 25, 2015

Religious leaders show support for Medical Marijuana in Harrisburg [Video]
Fox43 News – October 21, 2015

Church leaders rally for medical marijuana [Video]
ABC 27 News – October 21, 2015

Pastor: Pa. medical marijuana delay equals ‘legislative child abuse’ [Video] 
The Patriot-News – October 21, 2015

 Over 50 Pa. faith leaders urge passage of medical marijuana bill [Video]
WGAL News – October 20, 2015

Pennsylvania Religious Leaders Announce Support For Medical Marijuana
The Daily Chronicle – October 20, 2015

Ending the Drug War and Saving Lives
The Huffington Post – October 6, 2015

Op-Ed: Gov. Rauner’s desire for criminal justice reform in question
The State Journal-Register – September 1, 2015

Letters to the Editor: Boost state funding to fight heroin epidemic
Chicago Sun Times – August 17, 2015

Guest Commentary: Weeding Out Editorial Inaccuracies
The News-Gazette – July 5, 2015

Op-Ed: Clergy for Recreational Marijuana
Providence Journal – June 19, 2015

Clergy Join Push to Legalize Marijuana in Mission of Social Justice
Chicago Tribune – June 2, 2015

Poll says 57 Percent of RI residents Favor Legalizing, Regulating Pot like Alcohol
NBC 10 News Providence – April 27, 2015