Solidarity of NGOs in Open Letter to President Obama

The CAN-DO Foundation joined 135  Non-profit, Non-Governmental Organizations that signed a letter to President Obama seeking his support for a new approach to the war on drugs.


Dear Mr. President:

In April, the United Nations will hold a “General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem” (UNGASS), its highest-level drug policy meeting since 1998. US agencies have played a leading role on the global stage as UNGASS approaches, promoting important agendas such as alternatives to incarceration, public health approaches, and human rights reforms.

In key respects, however, we the undersigned NGOs believe the current US position for UNGASS takes a short-term approach, stopping short of the crucial reforms called for by UN agencies and US allies, while failing to address new realities. We believe a stronger US stance on these issues would leave a legacy in global drug policy that is better aligned to the direction you’ve steered domestic policy.

Read the rest of the letter:

US and Global NGOs

A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing)
A New Way of Life Reentry Project (CA)
A Better Way Foundation (CT)
AIDS Alabama
AIDS United
American Alliance for Medical Cannabis
American Civil Liberties Union
Americans for Safe Access*
Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition
Blacks in Law Enforcement of America
BOOM!Health (NY)
Break the Chains
Broken No More
California Cannabis Ministry
California NORML
CAN-DO Foundation
The Cannabis Alliance (WA)*
Cannabis Consumers Campaign
Center for Living and Learning (CA)
The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy (WA) Chicago Recovery Alliance
The C.H.O.W. Project (HI)
Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COPS)
Civic Trust Public Lobbying Company (CT)*
Clean Needles Now (CA)
The Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics (CCSE) (WA)* Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
Crack Open The Door
Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
DC Cannabis Campaign
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation
Drug Policy Alliance
Drug Policy Committee of the National Lawyers Guild

Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii
Drug Policy Forum of Texas
Drug Truth Network
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Empire State NORML (NY)
End AIDS Now
ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) (CA) EADUMC (Ethio Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council) (Jamaica) Families ACT! (CA)
Family Council on Drug Awareness
Families for Justice as Healing
Families for Sensible Drug Policy
Family Law & Cannabis Alliance (FLCA)
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Freedom Grow*
Global Exchange
Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+NA)
GRASP: Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing
Harm Reduction Action Center (CO)
Harm Reduction Coalition
Harm Reduction Michigan
HelpNotHandcuffs (NJ)
Hep Free Hawaii
Hepatitis Education Project (WA)
Housing Works (NY)
Human Rights and the Drug War
Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University
Institute for Policy Studies, Drug Policy Project
Institute of the Black World 21st Century
Intercambios Puerto Rico
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP)
International Drug Policy Consortium
International HIV/AIDS Alliance*
Justice Strategies
Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice
The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM) (NY)
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Life for Pot
Los Angeles Community Action Network
Los Angeles Community Health Project
Marijuana Majority
Marijuana Policy Project
Michigan NORML
Mission: Launch, Inc. (DC, MD)

Mommie Activist and Sons Online Radio
Moms United to End the War on Drugs
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Council of Churches, USA*
National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (NCIFIWG) National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Nonviolent Radical Party transnational and transparty
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Northwest Producers, Processors & Retailers Association (NWPPR) (WA)*
November Coalition
One Million Americans, Ltd.
Orange County Needle Exchange Program (CA)
Osborne Association (NY)
People Against Injustice (CT)
PICO International
Prevention Point Pittsburgh
The Prodigal Child Project (For Human Rights)
Project Inform
Project SAFE (PA)
Psicotropicus – Brazilian Drug Policy Center*
Reentry Central
Remove Intoxicated Drivers
Safe Streets Arts Foundation (DC)
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Santa Fe Mountain Center (NM)
St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (NY)
Sensible Colorado
Sonoran Prevention Works (AZ)
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
(T.O.P.S.) The Ordinary People Society
Transgender Law Center
Transnational Institute (TNI)
Treatment Action Group (TAG)
Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago*
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Trystereo/New Orleans Harm Reduction Network (LA)*
Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access
Virginians Against Drug Violence
VOCAL New York
Washington Marijuana Association (WMA)*
William C. Velásquez Institute*
Witness to Mass Incarceration
WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America)
Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN)
Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) (NY) Women Who Never Give Up
Women With A Vision (LA)
World Hepatitis Alliance
Youth RISE

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