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1. IDPI's work in Nevada makes national headlines

2. IDPI moves into new office; please note address change

3. Tyler Smith is hired as IDPI’s field coordinator

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BIG NEWS: IDPI organizes coalition of 50 clergy in IL to push for protection of medical marijuana patient

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There are lots of ways to mobilize religious support for more compassionate and less coercive drug policies.  If any of IDPI's activities interests you or if you have any additional ideas, please contact us to discuss.
  • A religious / spiritually attentive person who is concerned about drugs and drug policies;
  • An active member or leader of a faith-based community, denomination, or other religious organization, who wants to learn more about drug policy issues and find a way to get involved;
  • A drug policy reform activist interested in working with people of faith;
  • A legislator, news media reporter, or policy advocate researching the moral, ethical, and religious reasons to change the drug laws;
  • Anyone who is curious about this cutting-edge social justice issue!

    If you believe that a 5, 10, or 20 year prison sentence for a first-time, low-level, non-violent drug offender is unjust and inhumane, then we’d like you to help the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative. IDPI works to mobilize enough religious groups and people of faith nationwide to gain substantial Congressional support for the repeal of mandatory sentencing and to obtain presidential pardons for the most outrageous cases.

    U.S. Representatives Maxine Waters and John Conyers join IDPI Executive Director Charles Thomas (center) at IDPI’s autumn 2004 Capitol Hill news conference.
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    In 1988, Hamedah Hasan and her children fled an abusive boyfriend in Oregon to seek refuge at her cousin’s house in Nebraska. Despite the fact that Hamedah’s cousin was a drug dealer, it was a safer and more secure environment than the one they had left. In the course of her stay she was asked to do small errands that she was in no position to refuse.

    When her cousin's drug ring was busted, Hamedah got caught in the net. She received a life sentence and she was given more time than the leaders of the drug conspiracy because she had little information to trade, even though she had no prior criminal record!

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    “The religious voice is being heard on the mandatory minimum sentencing debate because the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative is putting the supportive denominational positions to good use in the halls of Congress.” – Rev. Bob Edgar, president, National Council of Churches

    The Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative is doing a stellar job at organizing religious denominations behind medical marijuana and the repeal of mandatory minimum sentencing.”  - Rev. Jim Winkler, general secretary, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

    The Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative is making an important contribution by educating and mobilizing religious groups behind drug sentencing reform.” – Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president, The Interfaith Alliance

    Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative, P.O. Box 6299, Washington, D.C. 20015
    Phone: 301-270-4473 Fax: 301-270-4483