Up In Smoke
Be assured that proponents will try again, and they will eventually prevail.
Marijuana is legal now in Oregon…you can smoke it, buy it, grow it, and share it.
You could smell it everywhere in the valley during the just finished harvest season.
I think it stinketh, others enjoy the scent.
The plant that used to land you in prison can now be part of garden along with the squash and tomatoes.
What I find interesting is that there has been little discussion about how the church deals with the legalization of what was once an illicit drug.
We all have congregants who are growing and using marijuana legally.
I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if we have pastors who are growing and using marijuana legally.
Should they be?
I class this in with things “adiaphora”…things that are a matter of liberty and conscience.
I welcome the legalization and regulation of marijuana on a couple of different fronts.
First, it is a blow to the Mexican cartels.
Second, we are just beginning to understand the medical capabilities and uses for cannabis.
On the flip side, I have deep cultural prejudices about weed that I have a hard time hiding.
I have no such prejudices against alcohol, which makes me inconsistent at best with regard to the use of recreational drugs.
How should the church, pastors and lay people alike, deal with legal weed? After all, some people use CBD oil for pain relief and to alleviate other symptoms, like inflammation and anxiety.
You will have to answer this question sooner or later where you live…