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PCUSA and Marijuana

June 28th, 2006
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Now it all makes sense. The recent decision by the PCUSA to accept alternative names for God must be somehow related to their interest in smoking pot. Perhaps this the most charitable explanation for the PCUSA’s heretical names for God is that they were sampling some medicinal marijuana.

US Presbyterians support medicinal use of marijuana   

By Cheryl Heckler 
Oxford, Ohio, 28 June (ENI)–The Presbyterian Church (USA) has
become the seventh major religious organization in the United
States to support the use of medical marijuana, an issue expected
to come before the US House of Representatives during the week. 

"Medical marijuana is an issue of mercy," said the Rev. Lynn
Bledsoe, a Presbyterian minister from Alabama who works as a
hospice chaplain, in a statement issued by the Interfaith Drug
Policy Initiative, a group seeking to promote "less coercive"
alternatives to the war on drugs. 

The consensus vote of the church’s general assembly in
Birmingham, Alabama on 21 June came as the US lawmakers were to
consider a bill prohibiting the federal government from using any
of its budget to take legal action against medical marijuana
users who comply with their state laws and have a doctor’s order.Marijuana


Currently, 11 US states allow medical uses of marijuana following
a doctor’s prescription, but federal law enforcement officials
can arrest people in those states.   

"As people of faith, we are called to stand up for humans who are
suffering needlessly," said Bledsoe. "It is unconscionable that
seriously ill patients can be arrested for making an earnest
attempt at healing by using medical marijuana with their doctors’

Polls show that about three out of four Americans support
allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients who
need it. However, the US Congress voted by 264 votes to 162
against legalised medical marijuana in 2005, and experts do not
expect the current bill to pass either.   

Other religious groups endorsing the use of medical marijuana
include the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the
United Church of Christ, the Union for Reform Judaism, the
Progressive National Baptist Convention and the Unitarian
Universalist Association.   

Those supporting the use of marijuana say it helps in short-term
use for those suffering debilitating symptoms such as vomiting or
intractable pain and should be permitted when other approved
medications have failed. 

Those opposing the use of marijuana argue it offers no unique
benefits and that prescription drugs can provide everything
marijuana does. They also argue it is a bad example to society
and that it stands as a gateway drug to cocaine or heroin. [379

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