And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:29-31
Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18 (Both verses from the English Standard Version)
Today, April 20th is “420”-the day where folk here North America and in New Zealand celebrate and consume that “herb superb”, cannabis (which I’ll use interchangeably with “pot” or “marijuana” .
Now I know there are those fundagelicals that will have heart failure for what I’m about to say. Well folks, you’ll just have to deal with it.
For years, marijuana has been demonized by the media, church folk, and spineless politicians that are in bed with “Big Pharma”. Even though its pain alleviating properties have been demonstrated to assist cancer and HIV sufferers, the powers that be still criminalize it.
I know there are those out there that accuse marijuana of being a “gateway drug”, or a drug that causes people to abuse other, more addictive, drugs. Plus there are those who’ve abused cannabis (as well as other drugs) and are right now recovering. Please, I understand the sentiments behind those arguments. and I applaud those who have overcome a major life threatening addiction.
However in the above scenarios it is not the drug but the people who have used it. We have people who are addicted to food who end up obese and diabetic, yet we don’t criminalize food. How about people who smoke and end up with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), lung cancer, and emphysema, but yet we don’t criminalize tobacco. How alcohol addicts that drink themselves into detox, cirrhosis of the liver, and other related health issues, and only one time was alcohol criminalized was during Prohibition (1920-1933) and never again since. What about the prescription pain-killers many take and become addicted to them? We haven’t criminalized the pharmaceutical industry yet (although there are those who’d like to). Yet many “good Americans” and church folk have fallen into one or more of these scenarios; but instead of tossing them into jail we seek help for them and pray for them. In fact, we pay big money to Big Health Insurance and to Big Pharma to help these people.
The United States has drug laws that are draconian and racist in nature. Many Americans have suffered a the hands of over-zealous lawmakers for cannabis possession-even the sick people who could legitimately use it. Many inmates in the prison system are non-violent drug users who committed victimless crimes, yet are being treated like mass murderers. And as one in the African-American community, these laws are tearing up the fabric of my community’s society every day.
However, a growing number of Americans are calling to decriminalize cannabis use, to cut down jail time, and to legalize medical marijuana. It’s high time America gets into the 21st Century and repeal these anti-pot laws. God created it and said it was “good”, so why not legalize it? Many people use pot and aren’t addicts or in dire straits. My reason is that the powers that be want to control the lives of We The People with a phony “we know what’s best for you” policy. Also, if Americans can grow (and roll) their own, what next? What will happen if Big Pharma can’t shove its painkillers down our throats? What if legislators, having legalized pot, are now forced to the table for other issues affecting We The People? Plus if drug use of any kind is turned from a criminal issue to a health issue, the prison-industrial complex will suffer, law enforcement will have to go back to catching real criminals, and the powerless will gain more power.
History is on the side of We The People and pot legalization. It will only be a matter of time before pot will be legalized in the US of A.
God knows I know folk-especially among fundagelicals-that can use a good toke! So let’s legalize marijuana so they can “lighten” up (pun intended).
Happy 420 to my “herbalist” friends out there. Light one up for me. And remember, “A friend with weed is a friend indeed!” (Couldn’t help that one-smile).