Any Christians out there want to puff some heady nuggets? Don't worry, we'll toke in moderation.
Let's score some of that sticky, stinky, skunky, outdoor, organic Kush and spark one up! Can't afford 50 bucks an eighth? No prob. We'll get some brick schwag and a Big Bambu to twist a fat cone the size of Jamacia. (Hold the beaners, though; ain't nobody got time for that.)
Yes, friends, Green Ganja and our beloved Red White & Blue went public with their scandalous relationship in the late 60s. Since then, they have become increasingly more affectionate as bffs. And in less time than you think, Uncle Sam and Mary Jane will post a proud new relationship status for all the world to see; THC-PDA, here we come! Full legalization will likely happen in your lifetime, and with it emerges an epic ethical dilemma that few Christian leaders are prepared for.
So far, the dope-smoking discussion has been super easy for all U.S. pastors, whether they do or do not condone alcohol consumption. The law deals us a moral trump card every time:
"Pastor, pastor! Why can't I pass the spliff?" says the red-eyed brother in Christ. "My illegal reefer is not nearly as bad as your legal hooch."
"Obey the law of the land, son," pastor says. "Like it or not, God calls us to obey our authorities. The hooch is legal; the marijuana cigarettes are not."
Conversation over! "Well played, Mr. Genius," I say to myself. And there's still plenty of time for my jonesin' friend and I to recap Aaron Rodgers' highlights from the last Packer game.
But what happens when weed is legal? On what grounds would we forbid its use, especially if we believe that moderate alcohol consumption is legit?
(Note: If you are of the persuasion that alcohol ought to be avoided, then the legalization of marijuana presents no formidable challenge to you. If, on the other hand, you've been one to say that drinking is an OK, even positive, activity in some circumstances, then, ethically, you have some fancy footwork to start practicing.)
By early spring 2014, pastors in Washington and Colorado will lose their trump card altogether. On last year's election day, Washington and Colorado voters spoke loud and clear, saying, "We want the dope smoking. We love the ganja!" By December 1, this year, Washington producers will be legally licensed to grow herb for recreational use, and you can bet your life that the indoor-hydro guys will be cranking those sodium halides day and night for about three months, until the winter snow starts to melt and their "first" sticky buds are vacuum packed and priced to sell.
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