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?
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.
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