Illinois: Moms United to End the War on Drugs - Groups Come Together to End Marijuana Prohibition

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    A Fast Growing Coalition Is Come Together to End Marijuana Prohibition, Increase Cannabis Research & Promote a Compassionate Health Care Response to Drug Use & Addiction


    Moms, Cops, Nurses & Docs will be holding a panel discussion at the Sherman St. Event Center in Denver, Colorado (1770 Sherman St.) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Exhibit Hall Stage at 12:30pm. Speakers include: Mary Lynn Mathre from American Cannabis Nurses Association; Dr. Jeff Hergenrather from the Society of Cannabis Clinicians; Theresa Daniello, from Moms United to End the War on Drugs; and Leonard Frieling from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

    In 1937 laws were put into place prohibiting the use of cannabis in the United States. In the past decade, over 6 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges. For several decades people who use drugs and people with addictive illness have been banished to the criminal justice system.

    Nearly half of all prisoners in state prisons are locked up for a non-violent offense. Every year 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana, wasting law enforcement resources and throwing non-violent offenders into the criminal justice system. This is not just about lives interrupted, but lives destroyed. Incarceration can leave children without a parent in the home, and often leads to life-long exclusion from housing, employment and educational opportunities.

    “For too many years people who use cannabis have been banished to the criminal justice system due to ignorance, fear, and stigma. More reforms are needed so that we can indeed live in a compassionate society where all human life is valued and basic human rights are protected.” - Gretchen Burns Bergman, Executive Director & Co-Founder of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) & Lead Organizer of PATH’s national Moms United to End the War on Drugs campaign.


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