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Six hundred churches from six states backed a resolution to end the War on Drugs last Saturday. In collaboration with a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the New England Conference of United Methodists Churches offered their support in the fight to end drug prohibition:
In the love of Chris, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole.
The resolution argues that "a large number of unintentional negative consequences" have resulted from the costly War on Drugs, like gang violence, prison overcrowding and unregulated drug markets. It also calls the War on Drugs arguably "the single most devastating, dysfunctional social policy since slavery," for people of color.
"Be it resolved," the resolution reads, "That New England Annual Conference support seeking mean other than prohibition to address the problem of substance abuse."
LEAP's executive director Major Neill Franklin said in a statement that Jesus concerned himself with the plight of the poor. "In our society, the story of the poor and marginalized is one of mass incarceration, racial injustice, and the breakdown of families causes by the War on Drugs," he said.
LEAP told the Daily Kos that it plans to do more resolutions like this one in the future.