One of the most important – but overlooked – issues involves the failed war on marijuana that denies us our rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. In this BLOG you will find answers to the question of “What would Jesus smoke?” After that learn why we should pressure Nancy Pelosi now; and learn the top Ten reasons that marijuana should be legalized. Start asking Obama and Clinton about this topic!!
There seems to be very little real opposition to legalizing marijuana from anybody but booze and pharma companies. As Americans we should have the same rights as citizens of Europe, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere. In fact, the US opposition to this ancient herb is the only reason marijuana is not widely available like alcohol – which is much worse for individuals and society!!
In fact, evidence is clear that Jesus used Hemp-cannabis ointment to heal the sick. During those “missing years” Jesus was all around the mid-east and Asia where not only were Hash and cannabis widely used – but OPIUM as well. Some religious scholars even suggest Jesus and others in that day’s counterculture even may have tried psychedelic mushrooms
After this I provide some strategies to help pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to restore everyone’s rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. She is caught in a conflict of interest given the fact that many of her constituents in Northern California are able to legally grow and profit from medical marijuana.
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What Would Jesus Smoke? The Christian doctrine on bong hits.
By Torie Bosch – SLATE Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2007
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a First Amendment case involving a high-school student who was suspended for holding a sign that said “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.” His provocative slogan turns out to have been little more than a ploy to get on TV. But what do Christian groups really think about marijuana?
It depends on the Christians, and it depends on the weed. Many major Christian denominations and religious groups have issued statements supporting medicinal marijuana use. The Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and the Episcopal Church have all either issued resolutions or signed statements supporting the use of marijuana under the supervision of a doctor. The Episcopal Church’s 1982 resolution even delves into politics by saying that it “urges the adoption by Congress and all states of statutes providing that the use of marijuana be permitted when deemed medically appropriate by duly licensed medical practitioners.”
There are biblical rationales for such a position. The Presbyterian Church’s position on pot-smoking, which they adopted during a June 2006 General Assembly, notes that Matthew 25:35 calls for people to give aid to those who are suffering. Many Christians in favor of medicinal marijuana use this line of argument, saying that if it helps ease the pain of people dying from cancer, it’s a good thing.
But churches that support prescription cannabis don’t always endorse bong hits just for the fun of it. The United Methodist Church considers marijuana a gateway drug. At the Episcopal Church’s 1982 General Convention, a resolution was passed “proclaim[ing] there are harmful effects which can be permanently disabling with the use of marijuana.” The Presbyterian Church is less strict; it stated in 1971 and again in 2006 that “marijuana is not properly classified … and conclusive evidence is lacking that it produces physiological effects or automatically leads to the use of more serious, addictive drugs.”
Other churches take more of a hard-line approach to marijuana. The Catholic Church says that drugs “constitute direct co-operation in evil” and does not seem to make exceptions for marijuana. The Vatican has condemned legalizing “soft drugs” like marijuana, and its newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, recently scolded Italian lawmakers for liberalizing pot-possession laws. The Mormon church (whose members consider themselves Christians) also strongly advises members to refrain from smoking marijuana, though it has no established position on medical use.
Some small Christian groups, like Christians for Cannabis, advocate smoking pot. A fringe Christian and Jewish sect calling itself Temple 420 uses marijuana as a sacrament. Police raided the temple in February, and the pastor is facing drug charges.
Torie Bosch is a Slate copy editor. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Article URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2162292/
Here is how to put some political pressure on Nancy Pelosi:
There has not been and may never be a better time to push for legalization of marijuana at the national level. Public opinion is overwhelming on the side of medical ganjah. This must become a major issue in all local, state, and national political campaigns. In particular, we all need to puts lots of pressure on Nancy Pelosi – speaker of the US House. Tell her it is unjust and unconstitutional that people living in her state have more ready access to this awesome medicine. We demand equal protection under the constitution (which was written on hemp!!)
Just checked her official site and Congresswoman Pelosi wants to hear from you. Like most Americans she supports ending the failed war on Marijuana. We all need to email her often at the following:
Also, we all have the right to call her offices in San Francisco and Washington at:
San Francisco, CA 94102 – (415) 556-4862
Washington, DC 20515 – (202) 225-4965
Call and talk to her staff. If you live in DC or SF area then stop by and talk directly to her staff. You also should send her the following points. Demand she protect our rights to nature’s oldest and most perfect medicine!! The Supreme Court wanted to uphold Californian’s rights – but said it was up to congress to change the laws. We will not tolerate this kind of HYPOCRISY from the democratic party (and their booze and pharma lobbies!!).
The readers of HIGH TIMES want marijuana legalized, nationwide, and now. The 420 Campaign is a plan to bring legalization before the US Congress and the public. We want to use April 20th as a focal point every year to concentrate pressure on Congress to legalize marijuana until we get the job done. Here are our top ten reasons marijuana should be legalized (sort of like the Letterman top ten lists):
10. Prohibition has failed to control the use and domestic production of marijuana.
9. Arrests for marijuana possession disproportionately affect blacks and Hispanics and reinforce the perception that law enforcement is biased and prejudiced against minorities.
8. A regulated, legal market in marijuana would reduce marijuana sales and use among teenagers, as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market.
7. Legalized marijuana would reduce the flow of money from the American economy to international criminal gangs.
6. Marijuana’s legalization would simplify the development of hemp as a valuable and diverse agricultural crop in the United States, including its development as a new bio-fuel to reduce carbon emissions.
5. Prohibition is based on lies and disinformation.
4. Marijuana is not a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol.
3. Marijuana is too expensive for our justice system and should instead be taxed to support beneficial government programs.
2. Marijuana use has positive attributes, such as its medical value and use as a recreational drug with relatively mild side effects.
1. Marijuana users are determined to stand up to the injustice of marijuana probation and accomplish legalization, no matter how long or what it takes to succeed.