Colorado Clergy and Faith Leaders Support Amendment 64

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Colorado Clergy and Faith Leaders Support Amendment 64

"I am supporting Amendment 64 because, as clergy, we have the responsibility to talk about what policies serve our community best. You do not have to use marijuana – or even approve of marijuana – to see that our current laws are not working."

– Rabbi Emeritus Steven Foster, Temple Emmanuel, Denver

"How we punish people and what we punish them for are central moral questions. If a punishment policy fails to meet its objectives and causes harms to humans, I believe we have a moral obligation to support change. Our laws punishing marijuana use have caused more harm than good to our society and that is why I am supporting replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of strict regulation with sensible safeguards.

– Reverand Bill Kirton, United Methodist Rocky Mountain Conference

A diverse group of more than two dozen clergy and faith leaders from across Colorado have endorsed Amendment 64, citing their belief that the current system of marijuana prohibition is causing far more harm than good:

Rabbi Benjamin Arnold, Congregation Beth Evergreen, Evergreen

Chaplain Gregg Anderson, Aspen Chapel United Methodist Church, Aspen

Rev. Brandon Baker, Green Faith Ministry Native American Church, Nunn

Rev. Rusty Butler, Arvada United Methodist Church, Arvada

Pastor Paul Carlson, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Denver

Rev. Dawn Duvall, Together Colorado/PICO, Denver

Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, Boulder Vally Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Lafayette

Rabbi Emeritus Steven Foster, Temple Emmanuel, Denver

Pastor Bob Franz, Boulder South Broadway Church, Boulder

Rev. Marie Gasau, Basalt Community United Methodist Church, Basalt

Rev. Earl Hanna, University Park United Methodist Church, Denver

Pastor Chris Johnson, Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies

Rev. Robert Kippley, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Cañon City

Rev. Bill Kirton, United Methodist, Denver

Chaplain Anthony Martin, Colorado Department of Corrections, Denver

Dr. Ved Nanda, Board Member, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Denver

Rev. Ricardo Orellena, Hospice of St. John, Lakewood

Rev. Larry Paulson, St. Paul's UMC, Denver

Bishop Phillip Porter, Church of God in Christ, Denver

Pastor Vern Rempelm, 1st Mennonite Church of Denver

Rev. David Ridge, Minister, Living Water Unity Spiritual Community, Arvada

Marcia Stackhouse, Our Merciful Savior, Denver

Pastor Jeni Umble, Boulder Mennonite Church, Boulder

Pastor Edwin Vrell, Sacramentarian Christian Assembly, Longmont

Rev. Seon Young Lee, Asbury Korean United Methodist Church, Centennial

Pastor Donald Zundel, Christ Lutheran, Highlands Ranch