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


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


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


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


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