The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington state. So is there any reason why Christians in those states should not use marijuana?
Interestingly, one medical marijuana dispensary in California is run by evangelical Christians, who seem to be using their business as a ministry, witnessing to their customers and giving out Bibles, even as they join the effort for legalized pot:
A medical marijuana dispensary in California expresses evangelical Christian views and is known to hand out Bibles along with the controversial drug.
Canna Care of Sacramento, a family owned dispensary known for supplying medical marijuana and advocating for decriminalization, evangelizes and prays with its customers. Canna Care oversees group prayers in a typical day around 6:00 p.m. and has handed out an estimated 3,000 Bibles to those who come for their services.
Kris Hermes, spokesperson for the nationwide pro-marijuana legalization group Americans for Safe Access, told The Christian Post about its ties to Canna Care.
“Canna Care has been a supporter of Americans for Safe Access as have scores of dispensaries across the country,” said Hermes. “We have also worked with the operators of Canna Care on a number of political campaigns over the years, given their active involvement in advancing medical marijuana policy.”
Hermes also told CP about the building of bridges between ASA and faith communities in the United States in the effort to decriminalize the drug.
Mark Driscoll, a cutting-edged Reformed pastor says that Christians should stay away from marijuana, making an interesting distinction between “sin” and what the Bible describes as “folly.”
I would add that moral issues are not necessarily just a matter of isolated individual behavior. Buying marijuana may well involve a person financially supporting the murderous drug cartels. So let’s stipulate what is not presently common, the use of weed that is locally and legally produced.
Is there a Biblical difference between marijuana and alcohol? Isn’t it true that alcohol, according to the Bible, can be used without intoxication, whereas intoxication is the whole point of smoking marijuana?
(Note: I am not proposing that we debate whether drugs should be legalized. I am asking whether, if they are legalized, Christians should nevertheless refrain from using them.)