Many people, especially family members, get very confused when I talk about being a stoner for Jesus. You should see their looks. To be perfectly blunt — pun intended — I think pushing for legalization is EXACTLY what Jesus would do. At first, it probably seems really conflicted or complicated, but when you really begin to do the research, I am not really sure there is another option.
Fighting for legalization IS the Christian thing to do.
First, the drug war was born as a way to discriminate against different people groups, and against anti-war activists. Cannabis was largely associated with Latinos, while opiates were connected with Asian minorities. They couldn’t make it illegal for these groups to get jobs and assimilate into our culture, but they could arrest them for something cultural and then make their lives difficult. The same happened during Vietnam. It seemed like all the anti-war protesters were stoners, so they started to enforce an already broken law to break these peaceful protests up. These two reasons are what propelled the drug war into light. In addition, prohibitionists presidents have since come out and said things like, “We knew the truth, but running a drug campaign was good for votes.”
Second, you have private prison systems. These companies — yes, they are privately owned and financially benefit from having people incarcerated — lobby WAY TOO MUCH money to Wall Street to let legalization happen. They benefit from keeping millions of non-violent drug offenders locked up to let cannabis repeal become a reality. Also, the overwhelming majority of these offenders are minorities. I haven’t gotten caught, because I am the wrong skin color. It’s an unfortunate reality that needs to be fixed — not me getting caught, but locking away an unruly amount of non-violent people. We are still fighting them on it.
To make things worse than that, we have the alcohol industry fighting to keep cannabis as a schedule 1 — which means it legally has no medical value and is “high addictive.” I mean amphetamine, which was originally developed during WWII and given to soldiers to keep them fighting despite days of no sleep or food — is schedule 2, which means it has medical value. The alcohol industry doesn’t want to see cannabis legalized because more people would use it, lose weight, stop being diabetic, and quit getting pulled over and ticketed for DUIs. I mean, the stoners win!
Then, on top of all this, you can add gangs and terrorist organizations into the mix. That’s what I was taught growing up — buying drugs supports terrorism. Really? Terrorism? Seriously? We all know that the cannabis was either: 1. grown locally — hydroponically, or just “dro” for slang or 2. was shipped across the Mexican border. There are dirty cops and feds among us. Keep your head up. I was just a kid trying to have fun, but there are some that have taken it to a level that I can’t begin to describe.
Lastly, there is this little scripture that I can’t get over. Genesis 1:29 says, “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (NIV) In case you missed it, “food” means we are supposed to eat it. Or it could be in the honey, who knows, right? Maybe the Promised Land was a land full of milk and “happy” honey? It’s tough to say. That’s what I believe, but it’s a free country — believe what you want to believe.
In conclusion, fighting for the legalization of cannabis IS the Christian thing to do. For those that have never used it…don’t feel pressured to use it, but please don’t stop your family and friends from using it responsibly. Also, don’t stop the freedom fighters and freedom writers from speaking the truth and acting like a modern day William Wilberforce — speaking up for freedom for our stoner brothers and sisters from a different culture/race. We are just looking after our family. It’s not something I expect you to understand, just respect.
Wagen, over and out.