The movement to end the War on Drugs has created numerous policy initiatives around the country. Clergy for a New Drug Policy offers multiple opportunities for you to make your voice heard on key issues pertaining to drug policy.
Here are our current actions in which you can participate.
SB 7 would permit individuals over 21 to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis for personal use. The bill includes provisions for a social equity program that may prove a model for other states, including a loan program, new licensure categories, and other measures to ensure access to capital for minority entrepreneurs, and a grant program to repair communities ravaged by the War on Drugs. Most fundamentally SB 7 is a critical step in ending the War on Drugs, which has ruined individual lives by imposing punishment rather than health responses to drug use.
Our nation is in the midst of an opioid epidemic which claimed at least 3,000 lives in Illinois in 2018 and has contributed to the devastating spread of infectious disease, especially viral heptatis. The proposed legislation would broaden and systemize needle exchange programs statewide by creating a program for this purpose within the State Department of Public Health.