It’s difficult to understand how religious conservatives might come to the conclusion that we need to legalize marijuana. This page helps provide some insight into this issue from an evangelical conservative Christian view.
The clip below shows evangelical spokesperson Pat Robertson discussing the prison system and the impact of marijuana prohibition.
“There’s something else we’ve got to recognize. We’re locking up people who take a couple of puffs of marijuana, and the next thing you know, they’ve got ten years. They’ve got mandatory sentences. These judges say, they throw up their hands and say there’s nothing we can do, there’s mandatory sentences. We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of them. I mean, I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, and that kind of thing, I mean it’s just costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths, and they come out as hardened criminals and it’s not a good thing.”
Christian Ministry Sells Marijuana
In California, there is a ministry that sells marijuana for its medicinal abilities to bring healing into people’s lives, but also as a way to connect with people who they feel might want prayer and an opportunity to learn more about their faith.
In 2005 the idea for merging marijuana and ministry came after God told Bryan and Lanette Davies to open up a pot shop. The couple was praying when they asked God for guidance after trying to live on Social Security benefits while short on cash. They were first exposed to medical marijuana when it was recommended to their daughter by a doctor. The medical marijuana helped make her life livable by alleviating symptoms from a bone disease she suffered with.
The Davies couple set up a shop in Del Paso Heights which is a neighborhood of Sacramento. The dispensary is located in the back corner of a small industrial complex. Upon entering the small shop patrons will find a table with Bibles and pamphlets on treating chronic pain with medical marijuana; both are freely given away. The walls are plagued with cannabis leaves, crucifixes, American flags, and eagles along with “Don’t Tread on Me” gear. (More…)