Thank you for the links. A lot of double standards on the issue (in comparison to alcohol, etc). I also don’t agree with the “May I smoke Marijuana” info in that link written by a Tom Nash.
Nash says: "Some will argue that marijuana is similar to alcohol, that people consume both to get drunk or high, respectively. Getting drunk with alcohol and high with marijuana are both obviously sinful. However, people often drink without sinning, i.e., enjoying the taste and the social exchange that takes place between friends. In the process, the consumption of alcohol can help people relax without their getting drunk. St. Paul also wrote about the medicinal benefits of wine (1 Tim. 5:23).
In contrast, people typically consume marijuana to deliberately get high or experience a “buzz.” Again, this is equivalent to getting drunk, in which inhibitions are lowered and people don’t have full control of their mental faculties."
I’m assuming Nash has never “enjoyed the taste and the social exchange that takes place between friends” in passing a joint, pipe, etc. Nash makes alcohol consumption sound like it’s either getting drunk or having no effects at all, save for “relaxing”. That’s not accurate. People absolutely do feel a “buzz” from drinking even a single drink from alcohol. If people didn’t feel a “buzz” from alcohol at all, I would guess it’s global level of consumption would pale in comparison to what it is.
Quoting St. Paul, a person alive in antiquity, about St. Paul’s endorsement of alcohol for “medicinal benefits” but then “counseling” against the use of either recreational or even medicinal use of cannabis in present time doesn’t hold water as an argument.
Also Mr. Nash writes about how alcohol Prohibition was well intentioned but ended up causing serious problems and didn’t work for those reasons…but then advocates for the continued prohibition of cannabis up to and including medicinally. That doesn’t make sense to me.
My position on the subject: The stance in present day of The Church on cannabis is filled with double standards and hypocrisy in relation to the acceptance of other drugs including alcohol, a drug with severe potential for damage to the person, the family and society at large.