Empathy Foundation of America
Empathy Foundation of America Inc. works for an end to drug prohibition worldwide, and an end to the "drug war" in its current form. We believe that much of the harm commonly attributed to "drugs" is really the result of placing drugs in a criminal environment. We believe the global drug war has fueled violence, civil instability, and public health crises; and that the currently prevalent arrest- and punishment-based policies toward drugs are unjust.
Consistent with our goal of ending prohibition (e.g. some form of "legalization")www.empathyfoundationofamerica.org, also works toward partial reforms of drug policy that are politically feasible in the present, including: marijuana legalization; criminal justice and policing reform; harm reduction practices such as needle exchange; demilitarization of US-driven drug policy in Latin America and other regions, and on the US borders; and availability of substances for medical use; among others. Our primary but not exclusive emphasis is on US policies.
Empathy Foundation of America Inc. will pursue these objectives through the following strategies:
- Publication of extensive, journalistic-level materials, mostly online, an area in which we plan to be an acknowledgeable leader;
- Long-term organizing of coalitions advocating specific policy reforms for which mainstream support can be mobilized for political change in the near term;
- Grassroots activation and mobilization of drug policy reform supporters; and
- Incorporating practices in all of our programs that will support and grow the drug policy reform movement, and the many organizations that make it up.
Why stop the drug war? Why legalization of drugs?
Naturopathy should be able to be practiced in state using all beneficial treatment options including Cannabis!!!!
The unintended consequences of the drug laws wreak a devastating toll on large segments of our society and on other countries: Prohibition creates a lucrative black market that plagues inner cities with violence and disorder, and lures young people into lives of crime. Laws criminalizing syringe possession, and the overall milieu of underground drug use and sales, encourage needle sharing and increase the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. Our drug war in Latin America fuels continuing civil conflicts, with prohibition-generated illicit drug profits enabling its escalation. Thousands of Americans die from drug overdoses or poisonings by adulterants every year, most of their deaths preventable through the quality-controlled market that would exist if drugs were legal. Physicians' justifiable fear of running afoul of law enforcers causes large numbers of Americans to go without- or under-treated for intractable chronic pain. And frustration over the failure of the drug war, together with the lack of dialogue on prohibition, distorts the policymaking process, leading to ever more intrusive governmental interventions and ever greater dilution of the core American values of freedom, privacy and fairness.
Drug policies have significantly driven a deep corrosion of the ethics and principles underlying our system of justice: Police officers routinely violate constitutional rights to make drug busts, often committing perjury to secure convictions; or resort to trickery and manipulation to cause individuals to give up their rights, enabled by an intricate web of legalistic court rulings stretching the letter of the law while betraying its spirit. Manipulation of evidence and process is standard procedure. Many prosecutors, thankfully not all, treat their position as a stepping stone to elected office, subjugating their oaths to seek justice to a political calculus based instead on individual career advancement. Corruption and misconduct among enforcers and within agencies is widespread. And all these problems, while not officially sanctioned, are in practice largely tolerated: criminal prosecution for police abuse is the exception, and disbarment for prosecutorial misconduct is almost unheard of. Meanwhile, false or unfair convictions occur with unacknowledged frequency, with persons thus victimized often spending years in prison while seeking exoneration.
(The two paragraphs above are excerpted from David Borden's open letter to DC chief judge Rufus G. King III, August 2003.)
WhileEmpathy Foundation of America Inc. advocates ending prohibition of all drugs, replacing it within some sensible regulatory framework, a good amount of our time goes toward current efforts to legalize marijuana, a special case with high political support due to that substance's relative safety. We also actively work for many of the partial reforms to drug policy described above.
Stopping the drug war is an issue of justice reform, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, public health, and freedom. Along with organizations working in all those areas,Empathy Foundation of America Inc. aligns with groups like the stopthedrugwar.org; statements of principle like the Vienna Declaration; the campaigns that fielded marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington, and the voters who passed them; and many others.
Empathy Foundation of America Inc. is based in the state of Maryland in Baltimore City. Our focus is needed in Baltimore since the city is well known to have one of the worst opium addiction problems in the entire United States. This system in place now of arrest and prison without any real focus on treatment has not lead to success but we are seeing the situation get worse. Over the past several years more programs like Suboxone and methadone maintenance programs have become more available. This has caused many addicts to get treatment for their addiction. We are still seeing an increase in the people who are becoming addicted far higher than addicts who are entering into recovery. These addicts who are now trying to turn their lives around are facing many problems in society do to the criminal records many have received do to their actions as a result of having the disease of addiction. Many of these addicts faced charges of possession of narcotics and depending on what substance they were found to be in possession of many received felony convictions. We ultimately would like to see a way for addicts who have paid their debt for their crime and our now in recovery for addiction a path to have the criminal charges to then fall under the same guidelines as any other medical condition protected by HIPAA laws and removed from public record. We ultimately are working toward this goal but until the system can be adopted and put into effect helping addicts take action where they can with the expungement of any criminal record available. To provide information on the process, how to obtain the public records, file the proper forms and help anyone who is need of these services.
Empathy Foundation of America Inc. is working on state legislation in Maryland to make sure Medical Marijuana patients have the proper care and treatment that is most effective and affordable. The current legislation we feel being geared more towards profits for the state rather than giving patient’s access to the medicine to help with their illness. Working with medical professionals, patients, activist and researchers to find the most effective benefits of the Cannabis plant. Our goal is to have a system in place that gives patients access to the entire plant and the particular strain in which is best suited for their condition, genetics, and preference for consumption. We feel that a clear definition needs to be made between recreational and medical use and a recreational legislation should help supply the funding to give access to mostly disabled patients for a medical program. We are providing up to date research to Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Commission, state legislators and general public. With our goal to have clinical research be able to be conducted with consultation of medical professionals by using whole plants developed for each patient from seed to maximize the potential. Also to have facilities for patients to have the Cannabis plant grown by experienced horticulturist and final products for consumption to be tested for safety and see which cannabinoids are contained, the THC ratio is in oil similar products and terpenes contained in the strain. Developing new stains for patients through cross pollination and access to the entire plant without causing damage by smoking. We don’t feel most Medical patients in our program should be smoking anything being the risk the tar resins and risk of chronic bronchitis and COPD are due to smoking of Cannabis and Cannabis products not from the cannabinoids psychoactive properties but just any burnt plant matter is harmful to your lungs not matter what plant it is. There is however a large percentage of patients who prefer to smoke cannabis for pain relief and being this is still safer than most opioid pain medicine we would always rather see every patient have the choice based on their own preference unless they're getting a cancer treatment or other treatment where smoking would be greatly detrimental to their treatment This will lead to having the clinical studies needed to show which techniques are effective and what is not by monitoring the progress of a patient throughout the entire treatment process. This program is the only way we see of truly understanding the potential of treating specific conditions based on each individual patient and benefiting the patient based on what is working best treating each patient individually and not trying to treat a condition with a western medicine pharmaceutical. Specific boiling points and decarboxlation and with emulsion with a carrier oils with long chain fatty acids can produce a wide range of products. These products can be tested and contain a specific dose per capsule, topical, or many more and each dose can be identical and be much more specific depending on the treatment it'll use to potentially benefit. This also can produce solvent free products that are much more cost affective. There are those patients whom are most in need of these treatments in the state are not receiving any income or very limited due to being disabled. The most in need of these treatments are usually too sick to afford paying for new medicine and are also not able to grow their own. This program is centered on these residents by making sure they have the potential to use Medical Marijuana and fully understand the possibilities and help them every step along the way to a better more manageable life.