Netherlands For Nobel Peace Prize
Inspired by the recent success of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in awakening the world to the dangers of global warming by receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy work, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is beginning the New Year by coordinating the nomination of the Netherlands for a Nobel Peace Prize for its achievements in minimizing drug use in its citizens, while at the same time restricting imprisonment.
With few peers at the international level and despite tremendous pressure from the United States and the United Nations, the Dutch government and its people have proven for more than 30 years that it is more cost effective, humane, and practical to be "smart on drugs" rather than "tough on drugs."
The following quotes from physician Stephen H. Frye's book Twenty-five Reasons to Legalize Drugs - We Really Lost This War! document the validity and appropriateness of this nomination.
"The drug war, not the drugs, kills people."
The world owes a great debt of gratitude to them, along with many thousands of activists, academics, and religious and business leaders, for demonstrating that a scientifically-crafted harm reduction drug policy based on researched public health models, not an unyielding prohibition, prison oriented model, results in a healthier, safer, and less imprisoned population that also uses fewer drugs.
The deadline for submission is February 1, 2009, and according to the Nobel Prize Web page, people from every country can nominate, but it is limited to members of national assemblies, governments, and international courts of law; university chancellors, professors of social science, history, philosophy, law and theology; leaders of peace research institutes and institutes of foreign affairs; Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of previous years; board members of organizations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize; present and past members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; and former advisors of the Nobel Institute.
Nobel Nomination Process Information
All that is necessary is for a qualified nominator, as listed above, to send a letter to Geir Lundestad, Ph.D., Director, Norwegian Nobel Institute, Henrik Ibsens gate 51, NO-0255, Oslo, Norway, indicating the names of those nominated and the reason for the nomination, and it must be received by February 1, 2009.
Dr. Frye has also documented that not only is this very real War on Drugs far more devastating and deadly than the drugs themselves, but prison is also much more destructive, catastrophic and even more deadly than the drugs.
While NORML is a cannabis-only reform organization, by nominating and educating the world about the success of the Netherlands's drug policy, we are committed to using this public campaign as the first high impact project for worldwide drug policy reform in this New Year. This e-mail is being sent to U.S. and international drug policy organizations, seeking the names and contacts of qualified Nobel Prize nominators. The email is also being sent to organizations for children, teens, women, minorities, and the environment, as all these people and the environment are severely harmed and actually killed by the drug war.
It is time to stimulate this crucially important worldwide conversation, and this is a project all drug policy reform and civic-minded groups, regardless of their mission statements, can support. Web pages (www.Netherlands4Nobel.org), blogs, and other promotional campaigns in support of this nomination are in the works, but gathering qualified nominators needs to be the first step as there is a short deadline. Please ask nominators to send their letters directly to the Nobel Institute, and also notify or send a copy to Sabrina Fendrick 202-483-5500 in our Washington office as she is coordinating and tracking this campaign.
Also, please feel free to forward this email notice to all relevant organizations and anyone you feel can assist this 'Netherlands For Nobel' movement — especially qualified Nobel Peace Prize nominators.
It is truly time to end the drug war and start the peace process. Thank you in advance and best wishes for an exciting 2009 pursuing the Nobel Peace Prize for this most noble cause.
Aspire Higher in 09,
Allen St. Pierre
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