International Drug Reform Conference
The recent DPA conference in Denver was an eyeopener. There were over 1000 participants and the program was 68 pages long; interest from all over the world. Some of the less known groups attending and presenting were parents, spouses, and survivors of those ensnared in the drug war.
Many of the links to the presentations in Denver are posted on the website here. They are worth the time to view..Ethan Nadelman's opening remarks in the plenary session were superb and connected with me in a new way. While we at nccpn are fighting to have access to Cannabis for medicinal use, we need to remember the total costs of the war on drugs is not just denying natural medicine to sick people, it is the HARM that is inflicted on the victims of that war. It is, in total, a war on Social Justice.
To that recognition, I propose the following to all members and visitors who visit this site. Should we continue the fight for the "medical need" only, or should we fight the "prohibition that results in the denial to all who want or need it".
I say this because I was told that including the "legalization movement" in with our "need" would result in a longer wait for the law to change. As one whol views each day as a day too long, we obliged the leadership Republicans with a "strict medical bill".
After much work on many people's part, the new HB 84 intoduction was sent immediately to the "rules committee". Read "dead-on-arrival".
Not to be discouraged, our members and supporters sent and called legislators for an honest hearing. We were immedicately offered a "hearing".
As the last plea left the lips of a medical doctor asking for an alternative to his narcotics that were "not only killing him; they no longer provided relief for his disabling pain", Rep Paul Stam not only "killed the bill, he threw it on the floor and stomped on it".
If this is what we get for complying with their demands, I ask you: "What more can we lose by working with EVERYONE who has an objective to change an Immoral and Unjust Law?" I would venture to say we gain more than we lose.
An important part of this discussion is the harm that goes un-noticed by the "public". Let us know what you think...
If you are afraid that you are being watched; let me assure you that you are. At the same time, we are less and less likely to stand by as this war continues beyond it's public support. It is the politicians who have not yet gotten it, not the public. Let us enlighten them and encourage them to join us. If you still think they will arrest you for speaking out, I invite you to watch WITN interview with our President, Tom Harper.
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