Wacky Weed Verdict

Reasonable people can disagree on whether marijuana is good medicine for a particular patient. Doctors disagree with each other on all kinds of medical choices. But we don't put them or their patients in jail for having a difference of opinion—except in the case of medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is an issue of mercy. That is why it's so important for Christians. Jesus broke the laws of his time to heal people. Can you imagine having to choose between suffering and breaking the law? Luckily, we can change bad laws. That's why a number of religious groups have spoken out in favor of medical marijuana and/or in opposition to federal interference in states that allow it. When the United Methodist Church (which includes many conservative evangelicals, including President George W. Bush) voted on a medical marijuana resolution in 2004, it passed 877-19.

Rob Moll's online article today is embarrassing. Reading it, one might be excused for thinking that the Supreme Court's decision concerned the prudence of the federal ban on marijuana. Instead, the issue before the Court was the extent of Congress's enumerated powers. While I decline to offer my own opinion on that central question, I need to point out that Christianity Today and Ms. LaRue do not trouble themselves with it—a brief nod is made to the issue of "states' rights"—as they issue their pontifical edict on the efficacy and nuances of federal marijuana regulation. Judging a Supreme Court decision according to the desirability of the policy considered is a sophomoric blunder. The Supreme Court is not empowered to make policy decisions. Rather, it is tasked with interpreting the policy decisions of the other two branches and ensuring that ...

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