and the War on Drugs
Unitarian values centred
on respect for human wellbeing
are in sharp contrast to our society's current "War on Drugs".
The effects of legal sanctions on individuals
often exceed the ill effects of soft drug use.
The laws concerning alcohol, nicotine and pot
are not in keeping with their relative health effects.
The violence introduced into society
in order to support high priced hard drug addiction
(the high price caused by the illegal status of the drugs)
is the major effect of drug addiction on most of us.
A disproportional percentage of our population
is imprisoned for drug related offenses.
The experience of alcohol prohibition
would indicate that medical rather than criminal means
are the best suited to address the problem.
We Unitarians should
be at the forefront
of the drug law reform effort,
and not be hindered by being charged
as being in favour of drug use.
I. INTRODUCTION: UNITARIAN COMMITMENT
TO SOCIAL BETTERMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
II. OUR BASIC VALUES: PUTTING PERSONS FIRST
III. THE EFFECTS OF DRUGS
IV. THE EFFECTS OF LAWS AGAINST DRUGS
J. McRee Elrod is a
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and a retired Unitarian minister in British Columbia, Canada.
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