Dear Members and Friends at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Is it time to legalize marijuana? Honestly I have to tell you I know very little about drugs. I have never used illegal drugs and have not been close to those who do use it. That has its advantages. While all of us have problems, drugs was not something with which I had to struggle.
The disadvantage I have is a good knowledge base having not interacted very much with those on drugs. That is likely to be true for many of our members. When I do hear about marijuana it is often from the pro-legalization side. You hear it too, "pot is better than smoking or drinking alcohol".
I was listening to an interview with a neruropsychiatrist recently. She also works with addictions. She was giving a side I haven't really heard. Here are some bullet points from her interview:
This is a story I haven't heard before, at least not by anyone credentialed as a doctor. However, does it matter? Should it matter for the Christian? Should it matter when people consider legalization? And, let's be honest, medical marijuana legalization is in essence the legalization of its recreational use.