Legal Pot: Yay Or Nay?

Well it has finally happened. Marijuana is now legal. But only if you live in Colorado or Washington. Which means that those who want to get their fix anywhere else will still need to get weed the more ‘unconventional’ way. So what does this mean for us and for our country? Are we letting freedom and democracy ring, or is this just another example of America’s slipping morals?

Marijuana-smoke

I should come right out and tell that I have never smoked pot in my life. This may surprise you, considering I have lived in Eugene my whole life (known for its pot and hippie culture). It’s not that I haven’t been offered it; I have had numerous people offer it to me, mostly those who don’t even know me. I often find it funny and interesting how willing pot smokers are to share with someone they just met, it must be better in a group setting or something. Yet I have never done it, and have no desire to even if it were legal here.

The reason I don’t smoke pot is because I have decided it’s not for me. That’s a part of who I am, once I decide something, I’m very good at sticking to it. Drugs and other substances are not a part of my life, and I don’t want them to be. They are a hazard to your health, not to mention illegal, and are usually addicting. It’s the same reason why I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I want to be in control of my life and live healthy for all of my years. I also have an addictive personality, so I know for me the threat of addiction is too high to take the risk. I don’t condemn or look down on those who smoke or drink, but it is not for me.

marijuana-leaf

But enough about me, let’s get back to marijuana. It is now legal in Washington and Colorado for those over the age of 21 to buy and use marijuana, but it cannot be smoked in public. Even with my aversion to pot, I can say that I am personally fine with this decision. While the health effects (or benefits) of weed are hotly debated, according to some it is no more harmful than alcohol or tobacco. There are some with disagree with this claim, and are worried about the health effects pot could have on the American population. There also may be a correlation to pot harming brain development in younger adults, which is why the 21-age limit is in place. Yet I see no reason why those who are of legal age and desire to smoke pot should be prohibited from it. Now there are some concerns of pot being a gateway drug, of leading a person to try more harmful substances such as meth and cocaine, yet the actual proof of this theory is nebulous at best.

So in conclusion, I will never smoke pot, but I don’t have a problem with it being a legal substance for those over 21 to enjoy.  I think that if people are free to smoke and drink alcohol, then why not pot as well? There are also benefits to pot being legal, such as greatly increased tax revenue. Also pot will become regulated, which should prevent people being harmed from consuming a bad batch created in a house lab. I can’t pull any specific verses from the Bible to argue one way or another about this issue, as marijuana is not mentioned for the obvious reasons. Yet I would still encourage Christians to avoid weed and other substances, and keep our bodies temples for the Lord.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

-1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

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  1. Edward Fryrear says:

    Well its only legal on a state level. I’m sure you’ve probably heard but many banks are refusing to allow people to purchase Cannabis even though it is legal in Washington. Because to the Federal government it is STILL illegal, in fact it is one of the “harmful” drugs listed in the Controlled Substance Act; Many ignorant politicians say its worse than Cocaine or Meth and has no medicinal value. All of that means even if you wanted to, say Open a store for Cannabis in WA or CO, the Federal Government could break in whenever they see fit and steal (seize) your entire inventory, with little to no justification. It HAS been legal in California and Oregon for quite some time to get “Medicinal Marijuana” but that entire system is a joke. 1.) Cause you can EASILY fake a symptom to get the pot and 2.) The Feds can shut it down when they see fit. Where does that leave us then? That leaves us with a Plant that has been made up to sound like the Apple in the Garden of Eden, and we’re just suppose to expect people not to want to try it out. If we cut through the political bull, did some actual well-funded/non-biased research and educated the masses, i’m sure we would be a lot better off.

    Sorry for the long post, i’m still in debate mode and i’m sure this will pop up at the tournament tomorrow. But those are my two cents and i’ve still got a pocket full of change for people wanting to discuss this topic. I am interested to see how other Beacons will respond.

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