Cannabis is not evil. Cannabis is a miraculous, non-toxic plant that many Christians have been mislead to fear and even hate.
The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
It is that “love of money” that originally lead to cannabis prohibition; that “love of money” is the reason prohibition remains.
Big-pharma, big-oil, big-agriculture and big-money are the biggest reason cannabis is banned and demonized in our society. The church needs to wake up, and take a stand on this.
People, young and old, needlessly live in pain, and/or die, as a result of the senseless prohibition of this non-toxic plant that has miraculous healthful and medicinal properties. Cannabis has proven to cure a plethora of physical (and psychological) maladies.
Proverbs 3:27 – Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it].
As a result of cannabis prohibition, toxic pharmaceuticals with terrible side-effects, are overly-prescribed. The Greek word “pharmakeia” (#5332 in Strong’s Concordance) is translated into English as “sorcery.” “Pharmaceutic” comes from the word “pharmakeuin,” meaning to practice witchcraft, or use medicine (made by pharmaceutical formula.)
“For by thy sorceries (pharmaceia) were all nations deceived (Rev. 18:23)
Unlike most pharmaceuticals (and over-the counter medicines), cannabis is non-toxic. Cannabis delivers health benefits, and nutrition, without toxins.
Prohibition of cannabis is a relatively recent phenomenon in historical perspective. There is record of this nation’s founding fathers cultivating and utilizing both hemp (low THC-content cannabis) and higher THC content cannabis. Drafts for this nation’s Constitution were written on hemp, the common paper of the day.
In the 1910’s, the prohibitionist movement came into full swing. In 1911, Massachusetts was the first state to prohibit cannabis. Cannabis, however, was still an active ingredient in many medications well into the 1930’s. In 1936 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics urged federal control over cannabis, as aspirin, morphine, and then other opiod drugs, all helped to replace cannabis in the treatment of pain and other medical conditions in this country. In 1936 the propaganda film Refer Madness was released (originally titled “Tell Your Children”) was released to instill irrational fear of cannabis, and scare the living bejeezes out of every parent. Cannabis was removed from US Pharmacopeia in 1942.
In 1961, the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs established the following rule: “The use of cannabis for other than medical and scientific purposes must be discontinued as soon as possible but in any case within twenty-five years…”
It was in 1970 that the Controlled Substances Act was passed by US Congress, listing “marijuana” as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (which means it is said to have absolutely no medical applications, and a high propensity of abuse.) Thus it has been federally criminalized a mere 45 years. It is time we re-examine this prohibition.
Hemp, a highly renewable resource, could save our forests, while fueling our world. Clothing, paper, fuel, plastic-like products, building materials, all can be made from hemp. God placed man as a steward over this earth (Genesis 2:15); man’s directive was not to waste, pillage and destroy it. With all the talk about fossil fuels causing pollution and damage to our planet, hemp would largely halt the pollution that over-reliance on fossil fuels has caused. Big oil wouldn’t like that.
Freeing the cannabis plant (fully legalizing it) would utterly revolutionize our economy, and heal many ailments effectively and economically. “Lovers of money” hate like that idea; but they also realize legalization is inevitable, at least to some extent. The scientific evidence of medicinal uses of cannabis are now overwhelming; it truly is a miraculous plant. That is why the lovers of money” are jockeying for position to profit from restricting its legalization, and limiting who can reap the benefits.
The question now is “HOW will it be legalized?” Will “we the people” be given free access to this non-toxic, highly utilitarian weed? or, as in Colorado and Washington State, will the corporate profiteers be able keep their thumb over it? Full, unrestricted, legalization of cannabis would put self-sufficiency of food, fuel, and medicine freely into the hands of average Joe, instead of money into the hands of the greedy.
We Christians should not continue to allow “lovers of money” to dictate how this God- given miraculous plant is utilized. The US federal government holds the patent #6630507 for “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” citing specific medicinal applications. At the same time, the federal government continues to arrest millions of citizens for possession of this miraculous, non-toxic, medicinal, plant that is a Class 1 Controlled substance (said to have zero medicl applications.) Something is seriously wrong here, and we Christians need to examine it in light of Scripture.
Federal government patent #6630507 on cannabis is a slap in the face to “we the people,” as our friends and family DIE of cancer and carcinogens. Big-pharma creates customers, not cures (that love of money, again.) Chemotherapy (chemical toxins) and radiation therapy (radioactive toxins) are considered “medicinal” treatment………..Chemo and radiation KILL. Chemo and radiation kill not only cancer, they kill healthy tissue, and they have been known to kill people! If any treatment or substance should be prohibited, THOSE “medicinal practices” should be!
There is nary a cancer that exists that cannabis has not been proven to cure (numerous examples have been documented.) Yet people are being thrown into prison for attempting to treat themselves, due to public policy, established for/by “lovers of money.” We as a people have either not educated ourselves about this, or simply haven’t bothered to care to overturn these unjust laws.
The US government continues to categorize cannabis a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (the most strictly controlled substances, that are said to have ZERO recognized medicinal benefits,) as it holds the patent on cannaboids for medicinal purposes. THAT is utterly OUTRAGEOUS! The church needs to take notice, and take a Scriptural stance on this! WHY is the church allowing prohibition of this God-given food and medicine?
DO NOT be fooled by proposals that uses the term “Marijuana” in their title. Any measure with “marijuana” in its title is a quasi-legalization proposal, intended to make a few people very wealthy, at the expense of “we the people.” This plant should be ubiquitous. It is more nutritious than flax seed. It is safer than carrots (you can overdose on vitamin A, which is fat soluble), safer than nutmeg (you can hallucinate from a mere 2 Tablespoons, and die), safer than sugar (which feeds cancer, messes up glucose levels, and can kill you.) God created cannabis, with its numerous miraculous unique utilitarian and healing qualities, for humanity. It is a weed that is intended to be ubiquitous.
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:11-12
Alcohol is an intoxicant (root word being “toxin”.) In contrast, cannabis is non-toxic. The effects of cannabis are not “intoxicating” by definition. A side-effect of THC in cannabis is a “euphoric” feeling; some people enjoy that side-effect, others do not. But, unlike alcohol and most pharmaceuticals, cannabis in and of itself, is not lethal, a HUGE factor our society and governing bodies (and the church) are failing to consider with regard to its prohibition.
The “love of money” is unjustly keeping the well-documented miraculous medical applications of cannabis from people who desperately need it. Maintaining cannabis as a Category 1 Controlled Substance (same category as LSD and methamphetamine) is absolutely ludicrous at this point. Cocaine is not even considered Schedule 1, as cocaine (which can be highly lethal) has government acknowledged “medicinal purposes.” Big Pharma has invested many millions of dollars into lobbying legislators to continue this prohibition.
This is wrong; we need Christians to become educated and take a stand for what is right, in light of all that Scripture has to say.
The ONLY evidence of cannabis being toxic is from one abused monkey forced to inhale cannabis with every breath for a day, decades ago. The scientist document that monkey’s death was the result of cannabis, but in reality, that poor monkey died of oxygen deprivation. That is the only incident of any living being dying from cannabis. Cannabis is utterly NON-TOXIC.
Cannabis is a miracle plant with SO many medicinal and industrially useful properties, that the corporate profiteers feared its abundance in the hands of the people; hence the propaganda campaigns to demonize and prohibit it.
There is an abundance of highly toxic substances any minor child can purchase at your local store, which aren’t controlled at all (eg. bleach, turmeric, tylenol, aspirin, rat poison, radiator fluid.) These substances can KILL you, yet they aren’t even on the Controlled Substance registry!
It is disingenuous, misguided, and frankly hypocritical for Christians to advocate the prohibition and criminalization of cannabis, while imbibing in alcohol is considered socially acceptable, despite numerous warning in Scripture against over-consumption of alcohol. Christ’s first miracle was turning water into wine, yet numerous Scripture verses admonish over indulgence in alcohol. Similarly, sobriety and moderation apply to the use of cannabis as well; but remember, cannabis is non-toxic, unlike alcohol.
Christians for Cannabis are not advocating over-indulgence in ANY substance.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
You can begin to be part of the needed societal change to free the plant, and free the people, by not referring to cannabis as “marijuana,” and politely correcting those who use that term.
The word “marijuana” increased substantially in the United States in the 1930’s, in the context of the debate over its use. “Marijuana” was a more exotic sounding alternative to the familiar words “hemp” and “cannabis,” in referring to the plant as a vice.
William Randolph Hearst (a newspaper tycoon who owned 28 newspapers by the mid-1920s) dropped the words “cannabis” and “hemp” from his publications in the 1930’s, fueling the propaganda campaign against “marijuana.” Hearst owned significant woodland for paper production, and part of his motivation was to eliminate his competition’s access to cheap, hemp paper. (Romans 6:10.)
Please, join me in this campaign to reach the church about the desperate need to decriminalize and fully legalize the miracle non-toxic plant cannabis;
“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
HELP STOP THE PROHIBITION OF CANNABIS!
Parents teach your children:
This is a non-toxic plant/weed at our disposal with numerous medicinal and nutritious properties, which should be used, not abused.
One can overdose on sugar (which can kill you).
One can hallucinate and become deathly ill from too much nutmeg.
Be ye sober-minded, maintain your faculties.
Do not abuse cannabis; do not abuse anything.
Titus 2:6 – Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
Titus 2:12 – Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Legalizing cannabis is about liberty, it is about our Constitutional rights, and a plant God provided to us, to heal sickness, and heal this nation; it’s nutritional qualities are higher than flax seed. This plant should be ubiquitous. It heals the soil (from toxins, far better than straw for animal bedding, or clean up of toxins,) it is exceedingly renewable.
We as Christians cannot let the “lovers of money” continue to distort righteousness, and determine what non-toxic plants we-the-people have, or have not, a right to.
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Be careful of which petition you sign, as there are 2 petitions circulating in Missouri regarding the legalization of cannabis. If “Marijuana” in the title, it is the corporate profiteering initiative, which is quasi legalization keeping the money flowing to big money in the industry. These “lovers of money” KNOW legalization is coming. The Missouri measure promoting an age restriction was clearly written by such corporate-profiteers.
The federal gov’t can’t continue the racket of keeping cannabis a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance much longer with the OVERWHELMING evidence to its medicinal benefits. The question is HOW will it be legalized? Fully, or for the benefit of the greedy?
I encourage you to support FULL legalization.
Support the “Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act “(MO Petition 2016-013),
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