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June 15, 2014

Is God a supporter of marijuana reform?

The question in the title of this post is my (only slightly) tounge-in-cheek response to this Christian Post article headlined "Oklahoma Senator Quotes Genesis 1:29 to Seek Marijuana Legalization." Here are excerpts:

Oklahoma state Sen. Constance Johnson announced the filing of a statewide initiative petition to legalize marijuana, telling supporters that the campaign is based on Genesis 1:29, which suggests that God created "this wonderful, miraculous plant."

"We're putting forth Genesis 1:29 as the basis of this campaign," KFOR.com quoted Sen. Johnson, a Democrat, as telling supporters at the State Capitol on Friday after filing the petition with the office of the Oklahoma secretary of state.

"God created this wonderful, miraculous plant and we know that it has been vilified for the last 100 years, and it's time to change that in Oklahoma," added the senator, who has led efforts, along with attorney David Slane, to legalize pot.  The advocates of marijuana will require 160,000 signatures from registered voters within three months to get the proposal on a statewide ballot....

The petition states that up to one ounce of marijuana should be allowed for recreational use, and three ounces for medical reasons.  The senator is of the opinion that resultant tax benefits would benefit the state.... Johnson also says that decriminalizing possession would ease the burden on prisons. "We're locking up non-violent, marijuana possessing people, giving them felonies and filling up our prisons."

"It's just the right thing to do. It's a plant. It's a God given plant and it could change the world," Fox 25 quoted a petition supporter, Pamela Street, as saying Friday....

Marijuana is different in nature from caffeine, Christian theologian John Piper wrote on the blog of his Desiring God ministry recently. While marijuana "temporarily impairs the reliable processing of surrounding reality," caffeine "ordinarily sharpens that processing," he said.

Cross-posted at Marijuana Law, Policy and Reform

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Well, as has been noted on the blog before, marijuana grows everywhere. As a deeply religious person, I believe that the ubiquity of these plants must be part of God's plan. I conclude that He or she wants us to partake of nature's bounty; He or She wants us to be happy. So, yes, marijuana reform is indeed part of God's plan.

Posted by: anon | Jun 15, 2014 8:44:09 PM

God also made a THC brain receptor, whose function remains unknown. He liked so much, he put some all over the body. Then Man made a cannabinoid receptor blocking agent, and it caused reliable, long lasting weight loss, but the lawyer dominated filth at the FDA refused to approve it because a tiny number of subject got a little agitated, instead of letting doctors and patients decide to take it or not for a devastating condition, obesity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 16, 2014 1:59:07 AM

King James Bible

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

http://biblehub.com/genesis/1-29.htm

The "God given plant" business btw also would apply to poisons, so I don't know how far this takes you. But, marijuana is an ancient accepted plant, so I can see some sort of religious angle. Also, certain religions see marijuana as a sacred herb.

Posted by: Joe | Jun 16, 2014 10:56:53 AM

So God loves us smoking opium?

The logic is so faulty that its conclusion is that "God wants us to ingest Hemlock." After all, He made it!

And before you get too hooked on the idea that God made marijuana so He must want us to smoke it,consider the following. God did not make the marijuana smoked today. Man has fiddled with the plant for thousands of years, increasing the THC levels from 1% up to 3-4% in the 1960's, and up to as much as 37% today.

You are not smoking what "God made."

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Jun 16, 2014 11:18:41 AM

TarlsQtr, you surely know that opium does not grow naturally. God gave us the poppy-yes, but not opium, so your argument on that point fails. However, I do agree with your second point--that man has made God's marijuana stronger. But that is why, to preserve my precious bodily essences, I partake only of natural, organic, gluten-free marijuana, the kind that, well to be frank, the kind I grow in my backyard.

Posted by: anon | Jun 16, 2014 11:51:57 AM

Anon, you do a great job of missing the point if not the humor. Your knowledge of opium production is lacking as well.

Opium is the latex obtained from the immature seed pod. You scrape it, it oozes out, and you have opium. It is as natural part of the plant as the seed, stem, root, etc. So, no, my argument does not fail. Yours is the one dead and buried.

As far as you smoking only organic pot grown in your back yard, "humor" aside, you are not growing what "God made." You are growing a later version, the original probably being extinct. You can plant a "Beefmaster" tomato too but that does not make it a Heritage breed. It is a genetically modified version by man, just like your pot. The only difference is that your pot is genetically much further away from the original than the tomato.

No charge for this simple science lesson.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Jun 16, 2014 12:16:42 PM

Is God a supporter of marijuana reform?

Nah! God thinks he is a moderator of the C&C blog!

Posted by: albeed | Jun 16, 2014 3:30:33 PM

natural law arguments are of limited value no matter what side makes them, but they are made, so I guess equal opportunity & all that

Posted by: Joe | Jun 18, 2014 10:38:40 AM

I'm pretty sure Bill Hicks made that argument first.

Posted by: Allen | Jun 18, 2014 10:28:50 PM

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