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Survey: Young Christians want marijuana legalized
April 25th, 2013
12:21 PM ET

Survey: Young Christians want marijuana legalized

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – Half of young Christians have bucked the opinion of their older brethren and said they favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a recent poll.

Thirty-two percent of Christian’s aged 18-29 said they “strongly favor” legalization, while 18% said they “favor” the move, according to a Public Religion Research Institute survey released Thursday. Among Christian’s 65 and older, only 9% said they strongly favor legalization and 47% say they strongly oppose it.

Though the younger generations favor legalization, all Christians still lean toward keeping the drug illegal. While 39% of Christians say they favor or strongly favor legalization, 54% say they support keeping the drug illegal, according to the poll.

According to the poll, 45% of young Christians have “tried marijuana,” compared to 13% of Christian seniors who say they have.

“Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans who report they have ever tried marijuana support legalizing marijuana,” the report says. “While an identical number (65%) of Americans who report that they have not tried marijuana oppose its legalization.”

“Marijuana legalization connects to a broader generational story that we are seeing in religious culture,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the polling firm. “The younger, religious Americans are taking a lot of their cues from their generational cohorts. To be sure, they are colored by their religious affiliation.”

Jones continued: “The generational sea change on this issue is also shifting the ground inside churches.”

Marijuana, while a longtime political question, was thrust to the forefront of debate in 2012, when two states – Washington and Colorado – legalized use of the drug for recreational use. That same year, Oregon voted to keep marijuana illegal.

In Washington, legalization was a way to raise tax revenue. The Washington referendum called for a 25% tax rate imposed on the product three times: when the grower sells it to the processor, when the processor sells it to the retailer, and when the retailer sells it to the customer.

Marijuana use, according to the poll, is not seen as a sin by a majority of Americans.

Seventy percent of Americans said that recreational use of marijuana is not a sin, compared to 23% who said they believe using the drug is sinning. While most religious groups follow this trend, according to the poll, white evangelical Protestants are the most divided group, with 40% indicating using marijuana is a sin and 48% saying it is not.

These results have led poll organizers to believe marijuana use will continue to gain more acceptance in the coming years.

“Much like same sex marriage, what we are seeing here is generational replacement,” Jones said. “As more young Christians come to adulthood, they bring with them different experience and views.”

After electoral victories in November, the good news for those in favor of marijuana legalization keeps on coming. In early April, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a poll that found 52% of Americans favored legalization, compared to 45% who favored keeping marijuana illegal.

This was the first time in the history of the Pew poll that legalization has been in the majority.

The PRRI poll results are based on telephone conversations with a random sample of 1,000 adults. The conversations took place between April 17 and April 21.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Politics

soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

    The words "stash" and "bogart" were coined by HeavenSent in 1968 and were aimed at me and not in a favorable light. It was shortly after this that HS became, well, HS.

    April 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Heaven-Sent's 12-Year-Old Daughter

      I quit smoking pot but my kids like to have a little before breakfast.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Canadian Moose Stash

      Thats what we call the outdoor freezer where we keep the excess marijauna, the Moose Stash...

      April 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony heavensent, you're so busy dogging me and blocking my right to freedom of speech, you'll stay foolish and ignorant, never learning His wisdom that will set you free.

      As for this issue

      Genesis 1:11
      Genesis 1:29-31
      Genesis 9:3
      1 Peter 1:13

      Now, how many will abide in 1 Peter 1:13 is the issue.

      Amen.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "you're so busy dogging me and blocking my right to freedom of speech"

      LOL someone needs to learn that freedom of speech doesn't apply to a CNN news blog. Read the TOA

      April 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      a way to control. CNN are mere mortals, God is truth and it is His law that is perfect Psalm 19:7.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Boris

      "CNN are mere mortals, "

      L M A O !

      April 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • SCOTTY

      WATCH OUT HS I AM WATCHING YOU

      April 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "God is truth and it is His law that is perfect Psalm 19:7."

      LOL you do realize that MORTALS wrote "gods laws" right? SMH.........

      April 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @Scotty

      So tommy tom (*cough) scotty, are you tired of kicking all the Christians off your other web site? Did you not get fired yet? When you eat the pudding, you get the creamy goodness running down your chin.

      Amen.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Oo is HeavenSent going into the supposed "conspiracy" of people supposedly being able to block her posts? Hilarious. Nothing about HeavenSent should be taken seriously.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa H-guest, you're complaining about the fake hs. LOL.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  2. Apple Bush

    Pot makes you lazy and hungry. This is consistent with the American way. Why would it not be legal?

    April 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      Yawn...thanks for the stereotype....i guess alcohol makes people beat your wives and kids then using your logic.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • STFU

      it makes you smell like skunk too !! seriously AB.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I can only speak for myself.

      Alcohol depends on who is doing the drinking. I can't drink because I am an alcoholic.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • sam stone

      Apple: My closest friend is like that, too. As he gets older and older, recovery takes progressively longer

      April 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Yes, it sucks. I am clean and sober three months now. Every day is a challenge.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      This May will be three years for me of no drinking, no AA or God required. Keep it up AB, it just takes willpower and never giving yourself over to someone else but taking responsibility for each and every action, even that of lifting a glass to your mouth.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Right on Mass Debater. Thanks.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • sam stone

      Good for you. He has lots of bad stories from the AA meetings

      April 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  3. Mother Teresa

    Who needs marijuana, when you dance like crazy !!!
    http://youtu.be/hbFVAu1WYbw

    April 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  4. The Original Hipster

    Puff Puff Pass My Bruthas and Sista's!!

    April 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  5. religion; a way to control the weak minded

    "Expecting anyone to use this drug 'wisely' is pure fantasy."

    Oh you mean like alcohol?

    April 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • pickle tickle

      "Expecting anyone to use this drug 'wisely' is pure fantasy."

      Anyone who thinks this has never tried MJ and has the misconception that MJ is like meth or heroin which one get's physically adicted to and continues needing more and more until they reach the "impossible to use responsibly" stage of many physically addictive drugs.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • tickle that pickle some more

      MJ makes you write run-on sentences.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • Mene Mene Tickle a Person

      This ounce has been weighed on the scales and found wanting...

      April 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  6. pickle

    Take away their ability to think... so they can't study well to show themselves approved. A close kin to video games 24/7.

    April 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Take away their ability to think..."

      LOL dont worry, religion already does that.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • pickle tickle

      " Fordham University psychologist Fran C. Blumberg, PhD, and Sabrina S. Ismailer, MSED, examined 122 fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders' problem-solving behavior while playing a video game that they had never seen before to show that playing video games can improve cognitive and perceptual skills."

      April 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • pickle

      The word of God is a gift from God, worth more than any physical treasure.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "The word of God is a gift from God"

      Sorry the bible is hardly the word of god, but the word of mere MORTALS over many years, then edited by more men over more years....learn the history of your religion please.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • pickle

      All their time is wasted learning, thinking, and living in worlds that don't exist. And if they tire of that, drug them up so they can't think about what really matters, their eternal life with God.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      you just enjoy yammering to yourself dont ya?

      April 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • pickle

      Weak, your stance is to say "what is truth?".... my stance is "The word of God is truth". The difference is that you are stuck on the question.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      ""The word of God is truth""

      If you cared to research the history of christianity, you will realize that MEN wrote those words, MEN edited those words. God had nothing to do with it. Sorry but you follow MEN, not a god.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • pickles have no legs to stand on...

      "Weak, your stance is to say "what is truth?".... my stance is "The word of God is truth". The difference is that you are stuck on the question."

      My stance is, your God is fake, your faith is hollow, your doctrine is wicked and the stench of your hubris reaches the sky. Go ahead, prove me wrong. Show us this God you are so proud of, this faith that is so full, this doctrine which is so righteous and I will show you the mirror of truth which reveals your ignorant selfish hypocrisy.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • pickle

      When God told them something, them writing it down seems like the logical thing to do... at least to me it does.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • Toki Wartooth

      Hey Pickle, you just wants to drinks and taking the drugs all the times! You should kiss the pretty goils insteads.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "When God told them something, them writing it down seems like the logical thing to do... at least to me it does."

      lol so you believe MEN when they tell you that a god told them to write something down? How GULLIBLE are you exactly?

      April 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • pickle

      The word of God is self proving. Argue with God if you don't like what he said.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "The word of God is self proving. Argue with God if you don't like what he said."

      And this is where your circular logic ends the conversation.......smh

      You cannot argue that the book was not written men and edited by men. That is all in history if you cared to open your eyes. But since you just go in circles, i will bid you a good day.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • pickle

      Weak, you are weak. A text can be self proving, if it's from God... by him simply saying what he would do later, and it happening as he said... multiple times. You are weak, weak... weak faith that shrivels up and dies because you didn't nourish it, or care to.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • sam

      "The word of God is self proving. Argue with God if you don't like what he said."

      LOL Reminds me of a Colin Hay song: "I tried talking to Jesus/but he just put me on hold/said he'd been swamped by calls this week /and he could not shake his cold."

      April 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • sam

      Watching people try to prove nothing with nothing is the most adorable circular logic. Cheap entertainment.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • pickled herring

      " A text can be self proving, if it's from God... by him simply saying what he would do later, and it happening as he said... multiple times."

      Are you a Mormon pickle? Because they also have a book that says it is inspired by God and has prophecies that the Mormons claim came true, so if that's the only litmus test then I guess we should all convert, right? Oh, wait, what about the Koran, that also says it's from God and has prophecies that the Musilms claim came true, and oh, wait here's this other book called the Bhagavad gita, more claims, more prophecies, oh oh, and what about the Quatrains of Nostradamus, also claiming supernatural origin and many claiming the prophecies have been fullfilled, albeit several times in some cases...

      Are you just daft or is that brain of your really that pickled as to believe any old book people claim is divine?

      April 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • pickle

      Atheists are always stuck on the question "What is truth?". And when they ask other atheists, they get nothing as the answer. Not satisified, they ask others that have the truth: the word of God. It is an endless cycle of atheists asking "What is truth?", being told by those that know the word of God is the truth, then not believing the answer. It is a waste of time.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Atheists are always stuck on the question "What is truth?". And when they ask other atheists, they get nothing as the answer. Not satisified, they ask others that have the truth: the word of God. It is an endless cycle of atheists asking "What is truth?", being told by those that know the word of God is the truth, then not believing the answer. It is a waste of time."

      Thank you for assuming I am an atheist just because I dont believe in your BS religion. Shows you ignorance.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      pickle
      Thats because the word of god is not truth. If it is , prove it.
      It is the word of men, claiming there is a god.
      that's why atheists do not accept the wrong answer of "gods word"...it cannot be verified that it is anything more than mens word.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • pickle

      "... If it is, prove it"

      OK, now what? You have access to the same bible I have, they're everywhere. If you want proof of God in mulitple ways, it's there. Enjoy.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      pickle
      The bible was written by men.
      Do not try that ridiculous circular logic...God is real it says so in the bible, and the bible is gods word. That has the bible verifying itself...circular logic.
      The bible is nothing more than the work of men, and as such is as corruptable as all mens works are.

      That is why we do not accept your answer...because you can't use the bible to verify the bible. Logic fail.
      Try again.

      Why do you so easlily dismiss the other thousands of gods? Many of them are the "one true" one as well, so that won't fly...the fact is, that you do not KNOW, neither do I, but I do know the history of the bible, see its words and cannot find a single word in it put there by any gods. I know it was written by men. You will claim that they were divinely inspired...no evidence of that whatsoever.

      The bible is not truth...if it were, there would be some proof. In order to have faith, one must ignore logic and reason...otherwise faith would not be required.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    I don't think this study is well founded. There is a reason many older 'Christians' hold 'weed' in very low favor. They have been around, seen what it can do to someone and chosen to spare themselves that struggle. The younger 'Christians' lack this perspective and it appears that the numbers favoring 'weed' is growing. It is short sighted, as they too will eventually reach mental maturity and turn from it, lest they lose themselves.

    I don't have an opinion, one way or another, on if 'weed' should be legal or illegal. I do have an opinion that has kept me away from the drug. I am of the younger generation and I do not approve of it. It has already ruined several of my peers lives, whether through school work or elsewhere. They do not have the maturity yet to understand how to regulate their usage or balance their checkbooks. Expecting anyone to use this drug 'wisely' is pure fantasy.

    April 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • Alias

      There is this flaw in your arguement – how many young people use alcohol wisely?
      Do you want to make that illegal too?

      The only reservation i have is that there is no easy test for driving while high. It may be difficult to keep the roads safe if we legalize pot.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • pickle tickle

      "They have been around, seen what it can do to someone and chosen to spare themselves that struggle."

      You mean they were forced to watch a ridiculous video that had absolutely ZERO basis in fact that gave them a bad impression of pot and now they are too stubborn to admit they were wrong about it so will gnash their teeth with bitter spittle as they spout their lies and ignorance.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "The only reservation i have is that there is no easy test for driving while high. It may be difficult to keep the roads safe if we legalize pot."

      LOL like people dont drive high now....I doubt the DUI rate would increase much if at all.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @ Alias:

      I did mention I don't have an opinion on whether or not it should be illegal or legal. People will choose to do what they choose to do, like they always have. I was merely pointing out that the 'younger generation' (which I am a part of) is not known for their 'intelligent choices'. Their opinions should have not the same weight as those older than themselves in areas that maturity brings a new perspective.

      @ pickle tickle:

      No, I meant what I said. Older generations have seen, FIRST HAND, what drugs can do to people, even ones as 'harmless' as 'weed'. They've watched their friends, family or associates struggle with it and lose. I have relatives that speak of their past and, unlike most of my generation, I have learned to listen to them. My relatives are successful for a reason, one of which is what they choose to not partake of/in.

      Why do you seem to have such venom in your voice when you speak of the elderly? Try looking at what they speak of from their point of view. They have seen so many things in their many years. Some of them are tired and weary from their experiences and try so hard to keep you from the same mistakes. I am sorry if it impinges on what you call 'fun' or 'goodtimes'. I am sure they have stories of what can happen when one lets 'goodtimes' ru(i)n their lives.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      " My relatives are successful for a reason, one of which is what they choose to not partake of/in."

      So people who partake cant be successful? Please explain why I make six figures a year and am under thirty.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Alias

      @religion: ....
      either you are in an area with high cost of living, or you knew someone.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @ religion; a way to control the weak minded:

      Where do you get "you can't be successful if you partake" from "one of the reasons they are successful". You are projecting and reading so deeply into my words that you are seeing things that aren't even there. However, odds are that one is not successful if ibe does partake, recreational or otherwise.

      There are a lot of reasons that people become successful, and if you count an absurd amount of money as success (or success is only money), luck and skill can play a major role. I don't determine success by dollar figures or salary. Success (to me) is in family, stable finances, stable relationships and other things.

      I am happy for you, that you make so much money as a young adult (and the same age category as myself). I also hope that you choose to invest it wisely, rather than drive around in a $50,000 vehicle and getting a mortgage for a home thats 'worth' $500,000.

      If your only nitpick is in one of the sentences that I posted, rather than the subject as a whole, I think I have addressed that.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      jonathan you said " My relatives are successful for a reason, one of which is what they choose to not partake of/in.""

      Which implies that they are successful for many reasons, one being that they dont use pot. I am successful and use pot. Get it?

      You are correct, success is measured differently by different people. But I would think holding a 6-figure national managerial job, working 50hr weeks, not defaulting on my mortgage and paying my bills on time would be considered successful.

      And no, I do not live in a high income area. I live in a middle class area and as a matter of fact, my place of employment is located in a lower/middle class area as if that matters.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • David

      "I don't think "

      Should have just stopped there, that says it all about your premise Jon.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @religion:

      "Which implies that they are successful for many reasons, one being that they dont use pot. I am successful and use pot. Get it?"

      Yes, I understand. I just don't understand how you can make the 'logical' leap from 'they dont use pot BUT i do, so that must mean I can't be successful BUT I am!". 'One of the reasons, being that they don't partake' already leaves room for other outside exceptions. It is in no way an absolute statement.

      You may be able to adequately balance your usage and maintain your success. Most people can not. That alone is bonus points in your court because you are such a stable person in a world of instability.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @ David:

      "Should have just stopped there, that says it all about your premise Jon."

      If you wanted to dissect a sentence and completely pull it out of context in order for a witty one-liner to show a humorous disregard for someone else's opinion, I humbly applaud you. You show a perfect lack of tolerance for someone else's opinion and a complete inability to empathize with someone else's point of view.

      Try debating the actual opinion. Its more of a challenge than a quick jab of humor. It is also how 'grownups' hold an actual conversation.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      The only reservation i have is that there is no easy test for driving while high. It may be difficult to keep the roads safe if we legalize pot.

      Easy – the police officer walks up to the car and offers you a twinkie – take it and off to the "tank" for you.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      " Most people can not. "

      Care to provide citations for this statement or are you basing this on your personal observations of your friends?

      April 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @ religion:

      I am not above admitting that my entire argument is based on personal experience. A quick search on google can provide you with several studies that link addiciton (not just weed) to increasing levels of poverty. I did not think that I would need to cite anything about young adults being more prone to bad decisions, as a brief glimpse at our 'modern society' is more than enough to enforce the stereotype. The sad state of our current economy is a solid witness as well.

      Whether or not my lack of citations mean anything to you is something I can not control but I put more weight into what I experience than what I read (not that a well presented argument with ample citiations can not sway me. They can.). Abuse of government a-ssistance is rampant (anything about 1% is what I consider rampant) and it is only going to get worse.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Timothy

      " link addiction (not just weed) to increasing levels of poverty."

      This statement would have been true if it read " link addiction (not weed) to increasing levels of poverty." as the studies showed no difference in economic levels from those studied as compared to the control groups. Do more research than just accepting the anti-drug interpretation while excluding any redeeming factors the studies show.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Saraswati

      " There is a reason many older 'Christians' hold 'weed' in very low favor. They have been around, seen what it can do to someone and chosen to spare themselves that struggle."

      If that were all there was to it wouldn't these same older Christians be even more in favor of outlawing alcohol?

      April 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @ Timothy:

      I have seen too many of my friends (and even my own brother) experiment with weed and have it permanently alter their judgement and future lifestyle choices to even begin to disregard it as a contributing factor. I've seen someone first hand move from weed to alcohol, to heroin and then to meth.

      So, I am not parroting material. The link is there and most people are too ignorant of it, or unwilling, to stare directly at it. Humans are naturally inclined to destroy themselves, all the while having 'fun'.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @ Saraswati:

      I have only one opinion towards alcohol. Do not drink to excess. That means always remain in control of yourself. You are responsible for what you do when drinking.

      There is debate in the christian world about alcohol and whether Jesus endorsed it by turning water into wine.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  8. Alias

    AS I told you all before, this is another prophecy from the Bible about to come true :
    In the year 2013, in the greates country on earth, gay marriage and marijuana are both about to be legalized.
    In the Bible, Leviticus 2013 it says that if a man lays with another man he should be stoned.
    It has been there all along, we have just been interpreting it wrong.

    April 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Stephen Colbert

      Trademark!

      April 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Mother Teresa

      LOL

      April 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  9. Mother Teresa

    Gosh, even many of the theists in India smoke weed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEpJdHS1pV0

    April 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Mother Teresa

      Time's up. Islamabot must be away from his computer; otherwise I'm sure there would have been a frenzy of replies; lol.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Filthy Hindu secular. Hindu Genshly atheist secularisms. Awash pride sin foundation hindu dirty.
      secular, polytheistic, atheist communist hindu elephant arm const'itution hindu seculars.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  10. Doc Vestibule

    Shouldn't all Christians consider cannabis a gift from God?
    "Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth"
    Genesis 1:29

    "He causeth the grass for the cattle, and herb for the service of man".
    Pslams 104:14

    April 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Jonathan

      "For sustenance". Its amazing how clear the message is when you don't cherry pick. Weed isn't food. It promotes gluttony.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Jonathon, Weeds are used for drinks and salads – dandelion, nettles, etc

      April 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Weed isn't food. It promotes gluttony."

      LOL fast food promotes gluttony, r3tard, not weed. Go have another drink.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Omega-3 and Omega 6 are essential fatty acids found in Cannabis, along with the proteins Edestin and Albumin that are essential for proper functioning of the immune system.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Science

      Check out........... funnyordie.com for a Chec and Chong exclusive........... Read from the bible !

      April 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Saying "weed promotes gluttony" is akin to saying "alcohol promotes violence" .
      In the United States, more women are battered Superbowl Sunday than on any other day of the year.
      Does football therefore promote domestic violence?

      April 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      These verses are the justification that the Rastafarians use to claim ganja ( a hindi word BTW) is for communion with God and your fellow man.

      Also – my mother-in-law was wondering why she had to import her nutritional supplements from Canada – it is because she was have a nice helping of hemp seed in her breakfast bowl.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Oh – forgot about the Chinese and opium.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
  11. HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

    Hi, I’m HeavenSent’s camel-toe. You might know me from such films as “Queefing You, Queefing Me”, “Insert Here” and “It’s a Bloody Sandwich”.

    Today I want to talk to you about something really important; dead kittens. Dead kittens have become one of the leading causes of death among baby cats in this country and something must be done.

    The Camel-Toe in your life needs your help. Please give, and…thanks.

    April 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Akira

      You have a very lurid imagination, my friend.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  12. lionlylamb

    Reefer has only been illegal for a short stance in American history. Mood-altering substances be they ate, drunk or inhaled should all be allowed. Whatever happened to one's freedom loving rights to choose? Why should uncle-Tom governments demoralize the persona of public scruples in light of personalized recreational activities?

    April 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Mr. Lamb you crazy old fuck, we agree on that.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • U.S. Contltution a Higher Power

      "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

      Old English Definitions:
      Militia – A group of farmers who grew hemp to make sail cloth and rope as well as sellers of fine smokeables.
      Arms – An often carried or worn satchel that would contain a weeks worth of marijauna for each farmer.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Hi there AB! Is your roof still leak free? I hope so! 🙂

      April 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The government (which is us) has a duty to try to protect its citizens. Should we legalize all substances? Many are extremely harmful, and not just to the user.

      In the case of MJ, the tobacco and alcohlo lobbies are the ones doing the most resistance as it will cut into their bottom line.

      If you took tobacco today, and introduced it for the first time to the FDA, there is no way at all that it would be legal.

      Prohibition also does not work. Just look at our own history with alcohol. Major fail.
      Likewise I can walk into any city in america and will likely be able to fiind some MJ in under an hour, without knowing anyone in that city. When companies have suddenly changed to drug testing, they have found 1/3 of employees get let go for testing positive for THC. That has been repeated over and over. SO you have roughly 1/3 of people that use, at least infrequently, then add in how many do not use but don't care if others do, and the number is right around half. Recent surveys bear that out.

      Then look world wide. There is only one culture known to man that does NOT have some form of mind altering substance that is used regularly. That is the inuit people, and there just aren't any mind altering chemicals around, and they do not have the plant matter to produce alcohol.

      Legalize pot...sure, tax it as well. But each substance needs to be taken on a substance by substance basis. Lumping them in together would lump already legal substances in.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
    • God is a Mythtake

      LL
      How long have you been on life support now, it seems like forever for the rest of us? Oh well, the Hell's Angels lobby group is going to be dead against anyone selling MJ but them, this could get very ugly.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Richard Cranium,

      The U.S. government no longer serves us, the people. They serve special interests mostly and citizenry the least. As my being a citizen, I dare say I demand my freedoms to choose whatever recreational activity to be affiliated with as long as such does not infringe upon another being's individualized freedoms. Recreational usages of any substance be it ate or drank or inhaled by adult populations should never be outlawed! The rights of the recreational folks should not be infringed upon by special interest groups!

      April 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      God is a Mythtake,

      Black marketing profiteers of all illegal social mannerisms dare not wants to see the legalizing of any drugs for recreational usages. Hell's Angels are not the only ones vying against legalizing reefer for recreational usage. Elder folks who abhor mood altering issues of psychic awareness dare benefits those of black market issuances. The illegalities of recreational 'drug' usages have done little to curve the appeal of common folks' will.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Most drugs were made illegal as a way to demonize and criminalize certain groups of people (usually racially motivated) – such as:

      Pot – Mexicans
      Cocaine – Black dock workers
      LSD – Hippies

      Since WASPs drink alcohol – it is legal (even though it is far more dangerous than pot)

      April 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Oh – forgot about the Chinese and opium.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      lionly
      I agree with the libertarian view of do whatever you want as long as it doesn't negatively effect others.
      Problem is, many of these substances are harmful to others.
      second hand smoke, the dangers of manufacturing, the violent effects of certain chemicals (if you have never seen someone on PCP, the strength of the person increases to an unbelieveable level) so again, each must be looked at individually. New drugs are hitting the streets daily and with no oversight, you have significant danger to the public at large.

      As far as the government, you are right that lobbyists and special intersts and big business have taken over. They have the money to have people sit and wisper in the ears of politicians, and even if the politician is resistant and does not want to do what they want, day after day they keep hearing the same wisopsers, and this causes undue attention be paid to them.That does need to change.

      Big corporations and special interest/lobbyists do need to be reigned in. We the people should still mean we the people, and I agree, we the people are being overshadowed by the almighty $$$

      April 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  13. Apple Bush

    Pot should not be legal because I am watching my figure.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol. How are you, Apple?

      April 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Hey Akira, doing just fine, you?

      April 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      I'm watching your figure too.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Oh Richard you dog, stop that! (don't stop!)

      April 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Akira

      AB, I'm finer than frog hairs; you must admit that's pretty darn fine.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      My favorite frog of all time is Beatrix Potter's Jeremy Fisher. It is important to have frogs in your life, and I don't mean just to eat their delicious sinewy legs. But I digress. Glad you are doing well, I am sure your husband and family are geeked up for the NFL draft today!!

      April 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      I like Jeremiah...he was a good friend of mine.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  14. palintwit

    Young christians north of the Mason-Dixon line want to legalize pot. South of the Mason-Dixon line they want to legalize incest.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Hmmmmm

      I'd much rather have those young gal's smoking pot then smoking pa...

      April 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      I am certain the ppl in Miami agree with you palintwit.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    I'm shocked that you Christians would be for legalization of concentrated sin, but want to criminalize blasphemy. You do want to criminalize blasphemy. You know you do.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  16. cowtipper12

    get all the sins knocked out early..plead with the supreme dictator for forgiveness later

    April 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  17. Akira

    I would think that the same people who think smoking marijuana is a sin likewise think that drinking alcohol is a sin.

    Or dancing is a sin.
    Or women wearing trousers is a sin.
    Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • STFU

      Akira, smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol are not sin, but definitely not healthy either for the society; when you find time, read how chinese culture was almost destroyed from opium addiction (of course, forced upon them by Brits under opium war agreement)

      April 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "read how chinese culture was almost destroyed from opium addiction"

      LOL comparing opium to pot is like comparing apples and oranges.........smh

      April 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Both fruits?

      April 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  18. ME II

    Aren't the people pushing for legal marijuana the same people pushing for bans on tobacco?

    April 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Sam

      It would be like a group of paintball gun afficianado's being for an assault weapons ban and national gun registry, you know, a very sound and logical decision for reasonable persons who like having fun but want to do it safely and responsibly.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • ME II

      @Sam,
      Are you saying that inhaling the smoke of one burning plant is safer than the smoke of another burning plant?

      April 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      Are you saying that people can only smoke weed? What about vaporizing or eating? Or making oils?

      April 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • Boris

      Aren't both tobacco and cannabis carcinogenic? (Although not equally so?)

      April 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • ME II

      Perhaps the same should apply to chewing tobacco and e-cigs?

      April 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Perhaps the same should apply to chewing tobacco and e-cigs?"

      E-cig is a vaporizer.

      Chewing tobacco? Not so much....good try though. Comparing an addictive substance in which that knowingly causes cancer to something that isnt addictive and doesnt cause cancer is pretty disingenuous. Research the differences please.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • ME II

      But the law, as far as I know, does not specify smokeless products only. In addition, the primary argument against tobacco is usually one of second-hand smoke, not the addiction and cancer in the first-hand user.

      Although it is interesting that...

      "Studies suggest that marijuana smoke contains 50% higher concentrations of chemicals linked to lung cancer than cigarette smoke. Marijuana smokers also tend to inhale deeper than cigarette smokers and hold the inhaled smoke in their lungs longer."

      And yet,

      "People who smoke marijuana do not appear to be at increased risk for developing lung cancer, new research suggests."

      http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer

      Curious

      April 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • ME II

      Interesting...

      "1. Otherwise healthy men who have smoked the equivalent of one joint daily for seven years have a lung capacity that is 1.6 percent higher than that of otherwise healthy non-marijuana-smoking men."
      "2. If you smoke marijuana, you’re inhaling 20 times as much ammonia as you would inhale by smoking the same amount of tobacco."
      "3. People who smoke marijuana three times a week are about half as likely as non-marijuana smokers to be obese."
      "4. People who start smoking marijuana in adolescence or young adulthood are nearly twice as likely as non-marijuana smokers to develop symptoms of psychosis."
      "5. A neurotransmission system in the brain that affects pleasure, memory, perception, and coordination is 20 percent less active in regular marijuana smokers than in non-marijuana smokers."

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/01/13/is-pot-good-for-lungs-new-marijuana-study-adds-to-health-effects-debate.html

      April 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      I thought we were talking about eating and vaping pot, not smoking it. I agree smoking anything will damage lungs. To what extent depends on the substance.

      April 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • ME II

      Just looking around... I had assumed that the carcinogen levels were similar, because both cases involve burning plant matter (and it's actually worse with marijuana, it seems) and therefore the cancer levels would be similar. Apparently, I was incorrect in what those levels mean.

      The more you know...

      April 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  19. Tax it @100%

    32% that support will need to pay 100% taxes for the recreational use, will also waste 100% of their life to recreational use.
    cha-ching!

    April 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      I know doctors, lawyers and policemen that smoke pot.
      Try again to make that argument stick.

      April 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      I also know complete loser alcoholics. Want to ban that too?

      April 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Sam

      I agree!! Tax it 100%!! You were talking about the Church right? They will also waste 100% of their life to recreational use of the Church. cha-ching!

      April 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  20. AtheistSteve

    I like the trend. Out with the old and In with the new I say.
    This just confirms that young people are inexorably abandoning rigid, inflexible and uncompromising obedience to archaic unfounded taboos.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • Dan

      " Out with the old and In with the new I say."

      Exhale.....Inhale....Hold it....-cough cough- ... Exhale....

      April 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • tickle that pickle some more

      Now if we could just get those darn teenagers unfounded from their tatoos...

      April 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
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