Clergy for a New Drug Policy

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Clergy for a New Drug Policy is an American organization of religious leaders which seeks to reform drug laws in the interest of social justice. The group was begun in 2015 by Chicago United Church of Christ pastor Reverend Al Sharp.[1] The group includes Protestant pastors as well as Jewish rabbis, and is particularly active in Chicago.[2]

Clergy for a New Drug Policy was one of several organizations that in 2016 called for Arizonans to support Proposition 205 to legalize cannabis in the state.[3]

Commentary on the group described it as part of a phenomenon where "clergy in many denominations, beginning with Unitarian Universalists, have recognized that the war [on drugs] is lost, and that new strategies are needed" including harm reduction.[4]


  1. ^ Pashman, Manya Brachear. "Clergy join push to legalize marijuana in mission of social justice".
  2. ^ Emily Dufton (5 December 2017). Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America. Basic Books. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-0-465-09617-6.
  3. ^ "Religious groups say vote yes on Prop 205".
  4. ^ Martin E. Marty (September 12, 2016), "Clergy for a New Drug Policy", Sightings, University of Chicago Divinity School

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