On February 26, 1993 a group of concerned citizens met at the Hoover Institution on the campus of Stanford University and unanimously passed a resolution which recommends that our country investigate the possibility of change in the way we handle our drug problem. The Resolution, which recommends that these medical and social problems be treated with medical and social solutions, is attached hereto. It further recommends that one final blue ribbon commission be immediately empowered by the President to recommend revisions of the drug laws of these United States to reduce the harm caused by this drug problem. The original signers of the Resolution, who are know as the National Coalition for Drug Policy Change, are as follows:
Dr. Milton Friedman Nobel laureate; Professor Emeritus of Chicago; Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA George Shultz Former Secretary of State; Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA Kurt L. Schmoke Mayor, City of Baltimore, Maryland Dr. Joseph D. McNamara Former Police Chief of San Jose; Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA Herbert Berger, M.D. Internationally recog- nized authority on drug treatment, F.A.C.P.; F.C.C.P.; Staten Island, NY Judge James P. Gray Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana, CA Katherine H. Group Resolving Anti-Social Problems (GRASP), Anaheim, CA Smith Founder, S. Clarke Smith, Board of Directors, California Academy of Family Physicians, M.D. F.A.A.F.P.; Anaheim, CA Clifford A. Schaffer Author; Computer Consultant, Canyon Country, CA Frederick H. Meyers, M.D. Professor of Pharmacology, University of California at San Francisco; Chairman of the California Research Advisory Panel on Drugs Harvey L. Rose, M.D. Author of California's "Intractable Pain Treatment Act"; Family Practice, Carmichael, CA John J. McCarthy, Psychiatrist, Executive Director, Bi-Valley M.D./A.B.P.N. Medical Clinic, Sacramento, CA Gary Davis, M.D. Diplomate in Psychiatry, A.B.P.N., American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Citrus Heights, CA Benson B. Roe, M.D. Professor and Chief Emeritus of Cardio- thoracic Surgery, University of California at San Francisco, CA Stephen A. Fisher, M.D. Diplomate in Psychiatry, A.B.P.N., American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Berkeley, CA Reverend Leonard B. Jackson First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles, CA Reverend J. D. Moore First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles, CA Donald McNamara Investment Consultant, New York, NY Richard Arthur Educator; Former Principal of Castlemont High School, Oakland, CA; Author of "Gangs and Schools", Richmond, CA Richard "Gibb" Martin Owner, Marbros Construction Co., Garden Grove, CA Howard Lavine Office of the Mayor, Baltimore, MD
Included below is the text of the Resolution for a Federal Commission on Drug Policy, popularly known as the Hoover Resolution. If you agree with the National Coalition for Drug Policy Change, then please copy and circulate this resolution, and send your own copy, along with your name, address and signature, to:
Judge James P. Gray
Orange County Superior Court
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
You might also wish to send signed copies to:
President William J. Clinton
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dr. Lee P. Brown
Office of National Drug Control Policy
725 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20503
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RESOLUTION FOR A FEDERAL COMMISSION ON DRUG POLICY
Whereas, the overall situation regarding the use of drugs in our society and the crime and misery that accompanies it has continued to deteriorate for several decades; and
Whereas, our society has continued to attempt, at enormous financial cost, and loss of civil liberties, to resolve drug abuse problems through the criminal justice system, with the accompanying increases of prisons and numbers of inmates; and
Whereas, the huge untaxed revenues generated by the illicit drug trade are undermining legitimate governments world-wide; and Whereas, the present system has spawned a cycle of hostility by the incarceration of disproportionate numbers of African-Americans, Hispanics, and other minority groups; and
Whereas, the number of people who have contracted AIDS, hepatitis, and other diseases from contaminated hypodermic needles is epidemic under our present system; and
Whereas, in our society's zeal to pursue our criminal approach, legitimate medical uses for the relief of pain and suffering of patients have been suppressed.
Therefore be it resolved that our society must recognize drug use and abuse as the medical and social problems that they are and that they must be treated with medical and social solutions; and Further be it resolved that an objective commission be immediately empowered by the President and by Congress to recommend the revision of drug laws of these United States in order to reduce the harm our current policies are causing.
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