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Why recreational marijuana is never morally justified (but alcohol is)

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

    United States
    Is it intrinsically immoral to smoke, or in some other way ingest, what some call 'the demon weed'? The question is fraught.

    July 1, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — It’s coming up on two years since marijuana was legalized in Canada. On October 17 of 2018, Justin Trudeau made good on one of his many bad election promises, making Canada at the time only the second sovereign nation to let loose the reins of law on the notorious drug (the other being Uruguay, with other nations taking a more incremental approach). Nine of the United States have also approved recreational use: Colorado and the entire western seaboard, Washington, Oregon, California, along with Nevada, then, on the east, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts (funny how they all voted Democrat in the last election), with 21 others approving use medicinally. Federally, marijuana is still illegal across the United States, creating quite the tension, making our friendly border perhaps a bit less friendly.

    It's now hitting close to home, as in the small town where I happen to dwell, they are putting in a fancy pot store a few doors down from my own house, and another in the even smaller town ten miles down the highway.

    October 17 is the memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, who, as far as I know, had no connection to the green weed; on the contrary, the early bishop and martyr comes across as rather abstinent. He wrote in his famous seven letters on his way to be torn apart by lions for his faith that his deepest desire was to “be ground like wheat for Christ.” Overall, the plant was unknown to the Romans and Greeks, being indigenous to central and south Asia from earliest recorded history. It is not mentioned in the Bible, although the ancient Assyrians, who are mentioned, and who gave much trouble to the Israelites, are recorded as dabbling in the mind-altering substance.

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  2. Franki(ncense)

    Franki(ncense) Relax! Oluwa's running the show... Supporter

    United Kingdom
    Weed is just bad
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2020
  3. Aspzan

    Aspzan Well-Known Member Supporter

    United Kingdom
    I can't post my views about alcohol here as far as I know. On marijuana I do not agree with recreational use. Possibly, medical use is ok but I don't know much about it.

    My own experience with smoking weed lead to psychosis. To my shame I actually used to smoke it every day. Two years in I developed psychosis, something which has taken years to recover from. There are multiple factors for developing psychosis but a very common factor is smoking weed. It's not worth the risk. If I didn't have family support I don't even know how things would have turned out.
  4. Hank77

    Hank77 Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    When they tried to put one in our small town the residents got together and objected at town hall meetings. Consequently, there is no pot shop in our town.
  5. Chrystal-J

    Chrystal-J the one who stands firm to the end will be saved Supporter

    United States
    Using it just to get high is wrong in my opinion, as well as drinking to get drunk.
  6. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother? Supporter

    United States
    You can drink wine with your steak dinner. It might enhance the dining experience. The purpose is to enjoy the evening; not necessarily get drunk.

    You smoke week to get high. Simple as that. Intoxication is the whole point.

    I'm not here to talk about medicine. But at least for recreation, don't smoke weed. Ever.