Should marijuana be legal?

Someone asked my opinion on whether marijuana should be legalized. What follow is my edited response.

Obviously God wants us to care for our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). There are many verses that speak of using “medical treatments” such as applying bandages (Isaiah 1:6), oil (James 5:14), oil and wine (Luke 10:34), leaves (Ezekiel 47:12), wine (1 Timothy 5:23), and salves, particularly the “balm of Gilead” (Jeremiah 8:22). Indeed, there are numerous scriptures which speak of remedies (Jer 30:13; 46:11). So it is certainly possible God created the original as medicine. I dont think there should ever be a question of whether medicine is a good thing. HOWEVER…..

Scripture is clear we should be clear minded, self-controlled and not be drunk (Ephesians 5:18; Titus 2:12; 1 Peter 4:7) – and I dont see pot contributing to that.

When I was a witch, I knew people to use cannabis/marijuana and wine as part of pagan religious worship (for some reason, beer and liquor didnt seem to be very popular in that frame of reference). In my experience, the people were more adversely affected by marijuana than the wine, and would drive home like that I dont think that’s a good thing, regardless of one’s position on the matter.

I know from experience that anything that is mind or mood altering, regardless of how it is taken into the system, can and will be abused. Doctors can be found who will help you fill your need. And it adversely affects your family. Its also addictive and harmful for individuals in much the same way as any mind altering substance is – with all the problems that can bring (compulsive drug seeking, chronic marijuana use associated with increased rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and schizophrenia).

I dont think marijuana should be legalized at all, but if it were to be legalized, it should only be for medicinal purposes and in a form where its mind altering effect were reduced while the medicinal value would be improved. IF marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, then it should be accessible only through a doctor’s prescription from a licensed pharmacy in a form which makes recreational use less interesting or attractive (which pharmacists seem to think is possible). Anything else would not be for medicinal purposes (much like wine or beer or liquor today), and would obviously be for money purposes and entertainment and as a Christian, I cant support something that is bad for society like that.

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