Last updated on: 9/20/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“We believe all medical and drug decisions should be made between doctors and patients, without either party being subject to criminal penalties.”

Jan. 4, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“UUDPR [Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform] is a continental coalition of Unitarian Universalists leading the denomination’s efforts to develop and promote more just and compassionate drug policies. In accordance with the denomination’s new drug policy Statement of Conscience, we advocate that drug use should be a health issue, not a crime.”

UUDPR website (accessed Sep. 20, 2007)

Mission:

“The General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association passed the ‘Alternatives to the War on Drugs’ Statement of Conscience on June 22, 2002. Excerpts include:

  • Establish a legal, regulated, and taxed market for marijuana. Treat marijuana as we treat alcohol,
  • Remove criminal penalties for possession and use of currently illegal drugs, with drug abusers subject to arrest and imprisonment only if they commit an actual crime (e.g., assault, burglary, impaired driving, vandalism).
  • Drug use, drug abuse, and drug addiction are distinct from one another. Using a drug does not necessarily mean abusing the drug, much less becoming addicted to it. Drug abuse issues are essentially matters for medical attention. We do not believe that drug use should be considered criminal behavior, and
  • Make all drugs legally available with a prescription by a licensed physician, subject to professional oversight. End the practice of punishing an individual for obtaining, possessing, or using an otherwise illegal substance to treat a medical condition,” and allow “medically administered drug maintenance” as a treatment option for drug addiction.”
  • UUDPR website (accessed Sep. 20, 2007)

    Other:
    Nonprofit 501(c)(3) (pending)