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Jeff Lucas

February 22, 2014  4:33pm

Teach your children the Biblical truth, and pray for them. If you try to raise them up in the drug war lies, they will reject you as a representative of the truth. the kids in my family are educated. They know that when our bodies experience stress induced pain, their brains produce endcannabinoids like THC. They have always known that you can't overdose on pot. They know truth. And they also know that I don't want them getting caught up in this war. I tell them "don't worry about hte injustice of the law, worry about your future" I tell them to get their engineering degrees, so that they can develop new lighting technology for the industry. I tell them to get their accounting and business management education, so they can manage my corporation. And I tell them don't experiment with pot until they get a life foundation underneath them. ANd that they plan to do. I don't teach them "just say no", I teach them "be ye sober". And they understand the principles of responsible use.

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Leah Sp

February 10, 2014  12:06am

As I tend a bit Libertarian, mainly on civl liberties issues, I don't believe pot should be outlawed, never should have been. As a Christian, I am concerned over its mainly been used to criminalize large numbers of minorities, and its a money maker for police and state and local governments. The war of drugs have been a huge waste of money. Yes, its probably no worse, maybe better than alcohol. But not for everyone. Just like only some drinkers become alcoholics. But, as Ron Paul says, if the government made heroin legal tomorrow, how many people are going to go out and buy it? People who tend to self medicate with alcohol and pot, already do it. The vast majority of people who indulge, use alcohol and pot. Hard drugs not so much. Interesting about using the body as Gods temple thing. I would think most young people are not mature enough in their faith to truly internalize this, but I'm glad it worked for you and for some others also.

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audrey ruth

January 29, 2014  10:18am

Some people seem to think that legalization makes any issue A-Okay. However, abortion on demand has been legal for more than 40 years, and it's just as wrong now as it's always been. Harvard University did a study on marijuana which detailed its dangers to health. It's a shame that these findings have not been widely publicized: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/evidence99/marijuana/Health_1.html // I grieve for any child who is parented in a haze of marijuana, legal or illegal.

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Alex Daube

January 26, 2014  4:06pm

bennett willis, do you want to ban alcohol?

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Dessie T

January 25, 2014  9:51pm

but use condoms if you do" approach. Some feel this is condoning behavior, but I don't. I feel it's being realistic. Be open and broach the subject at a time which you and your husband feel is appropriate. Don't wait until your kids start asking you questions in their teens or if you think they're dabbling. Keep the conversation open and ongoing. BE ENGAGED Know their friends... and their friends' parents. If you both work, know where they're going after school. Get them involved in activities that take motivation and discipline. Spend time w/ them one-on-one and get to really know who they are as a person. As far as the "everything created by God is good" argument, I think most of us would not ingest poison ivy or belladonna. And I don't believe that pot is less harmless than alcohol. A joint is much more likely to induce a panic attack, which can kick off subsequent panic attacks, than a glass of wine. It's a very, very hard call.

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Dessie T

January 25, 2014  9:31pm

(And I use recreational loosely... pot can be used medicinally, as can morphine). Despite what some might believe, pot is not completely harmless. Everyone has different chemistries and not all will have positive experiences. It can kick off extreme anxiety and paranoia in those who are highly stressed or genetically predisposed to mental illness. And for some, it can be addictive, just as alcohol and tobacco can be for others. At the same time, it can ease the extreme pain and nausea of cancer patients. The spiritual hazards? That, too, is for you to research. DISCUSSION After educating yourself, talk w/ your husband about what the two of you believe and clarify expectations. Will you tell your children if you or he has ever smoked pot? Do you think your children should never and would never smoke a joint? ("This is when your preparation will come in handy. "I said so" doesn't often work well w/ older children:) Or do you think it's best to take the "we don't want you to have sex,

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Dessie T

January 25, 2014  8:15pm

I think you start w/ the basics when your kids are young. You know, all of the exhausting day-to-day parenting stuff ... Building a close relationship in which your kids learn that you want the best for them; you love them unconditionally; it's okay to fail; there are standards for behavior; any topic is open for discussion; there are ways to cope w/ pressure (whether from the media or peers); etc etc. While peer pressure can be a big factor, studies show that the parent/child relationship (and healthy modeling) has an even higher impact on a child's decisions. Of course, it's not foolproof, but it helps. The topic of marijuana legalization is particularly important to me because of personal experiences and, as in most things, I think education is so key. So, my thoughts... PREPARE Research, research. Get the facts (not just opinions) and be ready to explain the benefits/hazards of pot, alcohol and other recreational drugs.

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Kevin Anderson

January 24, 2014  7:26pm

How to parent in the wake of legalized pot: It's becoming legal, get over it. Oh, and that verse about you body being a temple? It follows a statement differentiating between sexual sins & other sins. Look it up. It was meant to highlight sexual sin as unique. Trying to make Cannabis & Hostess Twinkies also "sins against your own body" is to go beyond the plain meaning of the text.

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bennett willis

January 24, 2014  4:31pm

When someone tells me that it is no worse than alcohol, I don't feel comforted. Most of us know someone adversely affected by alcohol.

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Larry Rosenbaum

January 24, 2014  1:26pm

Was cannabis part of God’s anointing oil in Ex. 30? The Hebrew is q'neh-bosem, normally translated “sweet cane.” The word “b-sem” was used to describe both the cane and cinnamon, as well as in the word “spice” in that chapter. The Septuagint translators used the word “kalamos” to translate (cane) not kannabis, which is the Greek word for hemp. Do you think God commanded the priests to get high from this anointing oil, yet anyone else using it would be cut off from his people? (Ex. 30:38) The Rastafarians use marijuana in their religious sacraments. They believe it raises their consciousness, enabling them to get closer to God. Sounds like sorcery to me. Jesus said He was the only way to God, not marijuana.

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Alex Daube

January 24, 2014  11:31am

Jason Whittington, excellent post! I fully agree.

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John Hale

January 24, 2014  3:22am

C.S. Lewis once commented there is nothing inherently wrong with guns, it's what people do with them that's wrong. Likewise, there's nothing inherently evil about a cannabis plant, a part of a God-made but fallen nature, but what men and women do with it.

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Liz T

January 24, 2014  2:13am

If pot is legalized everywhere, I'm guessing it will have similar regulations as alcohol does. So it will be illegal to drive or go to work while high, and I don't think you will have to worry about edibles ending up in your children's hands.

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Gregg Purviance

January 23, 2014  10:25pm

While the medical use of marijuana may have some merit, if it is really medically necessary, the recreational use is for one purpose - to get high. In the same realm of 'do not get drunk with wine (marijuana) but be filled with the Holy Spirit.' Regular use in my observation causes a lack of motivation and clear thinking, this being observed while the pot smoker insists on his or her fabulous creativity, clear thought and motivation. It just doesn't really move people forward in their growth as a person or their transformation into the image of Jesus. (no Jesus didn't say anything about pot, but there were a lot of destructive things Jesus didn't address while personally on earth) Kids, we are for your success in life and into your future. Pot is not a contributing factor to that success. Parents being motivated by love and such.

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Jason Whittington

January 23, 2014  10:05pm

@Alex, the impairment of one's memory is a good thing for those who are suffering from PTSD - and many returning war veterans have found that cannabis is the only thing that treats it. It's pure evil that greedy corporations and politicians are keeping people from growing and using a medicinal plant that God created for them to use. It's a horrendous shame that God's own children buy into the lies and wage an unholy war against the Creator's creation, and then call the consumption of said green, seed-bearing herb a sin. If consuming cannabis is a sin, then God would be unjust and guilty of entrapment. It isn't and He isn't. Oh, and kudos to your mention of the Constitutionality of prohibition. From what I've read in Scripture (1 Corinthians 5:12, "For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?"), we're pretty much commanded to be socially libertarian. Just sayin'...

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Alex Daube

January 23, 2014  6:23pm

In a discussion about the new Colorado law that legalizes marijuana, it might be good to cover the following points. First, pot should never have been outlawed in the first place. It shouldn't be up to government to tell people what they can eat, drink, or smoke. That's simply a matter of personal choice and responsibility. Adults shouldn't be treated like children, but this, sadly, has become the norm in America today. Second, it's a good way to introduce our children to the U.S. Constitution, and federal power vs state power. The author aptly noted: “It's legal in Colorado, but still illegal under the federal law?” Yes. And the important point here is that the feds have no rightful authority to make drug laws, just like they had no right authority to make alcohol laws prior to the 18th Amendment (which was repealed, BTW). So all federal laws prohibiting marijuana use (or any drug use) are Unconstitutional, illegal, and are an Usurpation of Power. Another word for that: Tyranny!

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CHRISTY HEMPHILL

January 23, 2014  5:13pm

@Karen: Just because pot may not be chemically addictive like nicotine or alcohol does not mean that it is not addictive. Porn and gambling aren't chemically addictive either, but I know people whose lives were destroyed because their addictions to them. I know people whose relationships and careers were sacrificed or jeopardized because they could not say no to their pot habit. If that isn't an addiction, I don't know what is. Not everyone who has a glass of wine becomes an alcoholic and not everyone who lights a joint ends up a deadbeat pothead, but it is a real possibility.

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Alex Daube

January 23, 2014  5:00pm

Well said, Jason! God created many things, including alcohol and the cannabis plant, that can be enjoyed in moderation or horribly abused. As you correctly note, cannabis has a number health benefits. However, it also impairs memory, so it's kind of a mixed bag (much like alcohol, which also has a mix of health benefits and risks). I think the key is responsibility and moderation (as you mentioned), along with the understanding that our bodies our temples of the Holy Spirit. God gives us tremendous liberty in Christ, but we should not abuse that liberty by becoming mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:2).

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JOHN TURNER

January 23, 2014  3:38pm

I have known too many good, talented, young adults (including professed Christians who took some aspects of their discipleship seriously) whose judgment, motivation, self-discipline, and ability to act responsibly was seriously hindered by their use of marijuana, always claiming that it was no worse than drinking wine, sometimes claiming that it was a good alternative to alcohol. I have seen their spouses and children suffer the consequences. Yes, I have seen alcohol problems too, but somehow marijuana seems to have been more deceptive and consequently more destructive. This is not an argument about the political and legal questions, but it is an argument that marijuana is not without serious harms to individuals and society.

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Larry Rosenbaum

January 23, 2014  2:46pm

I was a heavy user of marijuana in the 1960’s before getting saved in 1970. I wrote on the subject: http://www.sosmin.com/marijuana.html. Here is an excerpt: I am personally convinced that marijuana use is sorcery. Marijuana use does in fact open up people to demonic influence. It changes a person's personality, desires, and beliefs. Although its effects are subtler than LSD, this does not make it less dangerous. In some respects, its subtlety makes it more dangerous, since it is more deceptive in the way it draws a person away from God and towards evil things. "Now the serpent [Satan] was more subtle than any beast of the field" Gen. 3:1. "By your sorceries all the nations were deceived." Rev. 18:23. After millions of people started smoking marijuana in the 1960's, our society experienced dramatic changes. Millions of people, who believed in the Bible and Jesus Christ before they started using marijuana, began to reject Christianity and embrace Eastern religion, new age thinking, etc

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MELODY HARRISON HANSON

January 23, 2014  10:09am

There are assumptions about our kids wanting to do God's will, made by Piper and so many evangelicals. Four out of four of my kids, so far, haven't made the decision to that (yet.) So that argument really won't work with my kids and many children of evangelicals. Health arguments are logical, just like with alcohol. You can make your case but kids will be kids and if they want pot or alcohol in high school they'll find it. I think the greatest thing one can do is express confidence and trust in your kids ability to make good decisions and then not completely freak when they screw up. Grace upon Grace, with natural consequences. P.S. As a recovering alcoholic, the best thing I've found is to tell my story.

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Jason Whittington

January 23, 2014  10:00am

First of all, you tell your kids that God created that plant and he gave it to us to use (see Genesis 1:29). It has amazing healing properties that the pharmaceutical companies are threatened by. It's safer than alcohol, but should be used responsibly and moderately, like all things. It also makes one more sensitive to the spirit realm, which is quite possibly why God demanded it be in His holy anointing oil (the Bible refers to cannabis as 'kaneh bos'm' in Exodus 30). Speak truth to your kids. Don't give them the world's propaganda concerning God's creation. Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach. If Timothy had a condition that cannabis would treat, we'd probably read Paul telling Timothy to take a little cannabis to treat it. I will leave you with the Apostle Paul's advice: For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:4-5, ESV)

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Karen Smith

January 23, 2014  9:41am

I was first exposed to marijuana when a grow op down the road burned down. If I remember correctly, I was 9. Aside from that and the occasional contact high from concerts, I never touched the stuff. Regarding access by your teens - it's probably harder for them to access, or will be soon. I was never a party animal, not one of the "cool kids", and in HS I still knew who to talk to in order to buy drugs. Legalized-yet-restricted, it'll be as hard for them to access as alcohol (probably harder, actually: The dealers are well aware of the chances of being raided, so they will be less likely to take chances with underage-looking people). Regarding regular use - marijuana is not addictive. Do people become regular users because they like the feeling involved? Sure, same as people become regular users of television, books, or other forms of escapist entertainment. But cut them off, and nothing will change.

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