Since Colorado became the first state to legalize not only medical marijuana, but recreational marijuana as well, this issue that has been simmering in the United States for years has now reached a full rolling boil. So far, the only state to follow suit and legalize marijuana statewide is Washington, but many other states are in the process of debating the risks of marijuana versus the benefits.
Texas representative David Simpson has taken a unique stance on the argument to legalize marijuana, reports the Washington Post. The Republican politician is all for making marijuana available for recreational use because God made the marijuana plant, so it can’t be a mistake. The following is taken straight from an editorial by David Simpson, which appeared in the Texas Tribune.
“As a Christian, I recognize the innate goodness of everything God made and humanity’s charge to be stewards of the same. In fact, it’s for this reason that I’m especially cautious when it comes to laws banning plants. I don’t believe that when God made marijuana, he made a mistake that government needs to fix.”
It seems the consensus is that the marijuana plant should fall more under the category of medicinal plants such as aloe, chamomile, and eucalyptus, to name a few. Simpson continues with his case to legalize marijuana.
“The Bible warns about excessive drinking, eating, and sleeping (Proverbs 23:21), but doesn’t ban the activities or the substances or conditions associated with them — alcohol, food, and fatigue.”
“You would think that our country’s history with alcohol prohibition — an era marked by bootlegging, organized crime, government corruption and a rise in crime in general — would have prevented us from making the same mistake again. The time has come for a thoughtful discussion of the prudence of the prohibition approach to drug abuse, the impact of prohibition enforcement on constitutionally protected liberties and the responsibilities that individuals must take for their own actions.”
— 420 Feed™ (@FourTwentyFeed) May 9, 2015
In 2013, actress Roseanne Barr appeared on the show The Doctors in which a similar discussion pertaining to the case to legalize marijuana took place. Many of the same points used by Representative Simpson in the debate to legalize marijuana were echoed by Roseanne.
“…if they catch you with a marijuana joint they can take your whole house. These laws are unjust and I’d like to see them ended.”
Watch the discussion in the following interview. Several very valid points are made in the argument to legalize marijuana.
What do you think about David Simpson’s argument to legalize marijuana because it is a natural plant that God made? Do you believe that marijuana should be legalized?
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