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Pot foe Centennial Institute names marijuana and addiction fellow

Author: Joey Bunch - April 24, 2018 - Updated: April 24, 2018

Peter Droege (Photo courtesy of the Centennial Institute)

The conservative Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood is a champion of the anti-marijuana effort, and now it has a fellow to share insights on pot and addiction.

The think tank called Peter Droege “a champion of addiction recovery and prevention” and “a leading voice against marijuana legalization nationwide.”

“I am honored to be working with the Centennial Institute to advance important issues around marijuana and drug addiction,” Droege said in a statement. “Having suffered from the disease of addiction, I know all too well the downsides of the drug. I look forward to educating others on the subject before big marijuana does more damage to our country.”

Droege has been clean from his addictions to alcohol and marijuana for 20 years. He ran Step 13, a residential drug and alcohol addiction recovery program in Denver. From 2004 to 2014 he was the vice president of communications for the Daniels Fund, a the largest private foundation in the Rocky Mountain region that provides grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Droege also helped found a school for dropouts, the Life Skills Charter High School in Denver. He is on the board of Escuela de Guadalupe, a dual-language school in northeast Denver.

“We are thrilled to have Peter join the Centennial Institute team,” Jeff Hunt, the institute’s director, said in a statement. “His expertise in caring for people suffering from drug addiction is exactly the leadership Colorado needs as we struggle with a growing drug culture.”

The Centennial Institute said its role is “to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family and freedom” through research, public policy, as well as through seminars and conferences that engage CCU students and faculty with experts.

The institute held a day-long symposium on marijuana at the university last October.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.