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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. Amy

    I always looked at religions as an alternative to weed.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      High on Jesus.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • Pete

      But what was Jesus high on?

      April 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • Akira

      Heavensent read me the riot act because I dared say I had hear people say they're high on Jesus before.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  2. HeavenSent

    Jesus told us he would bring us teachers. What part of Jesus is Lord and the Bible is truth do you not inhale? I keep the litter box in the oven so it is close to the kittens. If you get the munchies after toking eat Jesus' letter to us from Heaven, the Bible.

    Amen.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Phony HeavenSent

      Fake Phony HeavenSent, getting better!

      April 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • Phony Phony HeavenSent

      I multiply that remark.

      April 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  3. MrHighMighty

    Scripture tells us that God gave Man all the plants and animals on Earth for our enjoyment and sustenance, but also for God's glory.
    So Christians who choose to use this plant (or alcohol, or anything else) must ask themselves each time: "Am I harming myself? Am I harming others? Am I glorifying God when I fall under marijuana's effects? Does it reduce the influence of the Holy Spirit within me, and cause me to turn away from God?" If a Christian has any doubts about the answers to those questions, then smoking weed is a sin.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
  4. lol??

    you can't stop the beginning.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • no denying

      Well that's true. They've just legalized same-sex marriage in France and Uruguay (waiting on presidents' signatures) and soon we'll hear about New Zealand, Viet Nam, and Rhode Island. The ball is rolling rapidly now!

      April 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Science

      Of your hangover .

      April 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm |

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY0tsKCB4lc

      April 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • Science

      For lol??

      April 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
  5. Brother Maynard

    Ok ... I'm going to weigh in here
    I think my perspective is a bit different than the rest of the country becuase I live in a state that has had Med MJ for about 3 years and has legalized it on the state level as well, Colorado.
    First of all I don't think that Corp America will take over the MJ trade. Like beer ( espcially here in Colo ) we thrive off of micro breweries, and specialty brews. That isn't to say that Corp America doesn't do great buisness here ( Coors Light is the number one selling beer here ) but the small Breweries are doing just fine thankyou. MJ will be the same. There will be a Corp make .. but pot smokers are very commited. They LIKE the small time "mom and pop" shops.
    Also, crime will not go up. I have 3 Med MJ stores within one block of where I live. Crime is the same. No rise no fall.
    MJ should be legalized to PREVENT teenage smoking. MJ dealers will NOT sell to teens because they WANT to keep their buisness.How many 15 year olds can go into a liquor store and buy a beer? ZERO Why? because the shop owner doesn't want to be known as the place that sells to kids.
    Couple restrictions that MJ should have IMO
    1) there should be a standard / limit, if you are caught driving under the influence ( what that limit is TBD )
    2) Although the Colo law passed does not include MJ bars ... WHEN MJ bars are opened I think that they should only have onsite Vaporized / food / and tea varieties. Smoking should not be allowed .... NOT because I'm worried about the patrons health ... Im more concerned with the consequences of second hand smoke on the wait staff.

    April 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      about 2/3 of all beer sales in the US are big breweries - 1/3 is microbreweries. it'll probably be the same for MJ. big companies will have the lion's share. there will be smaller companies. there will be solo-growers.

      although i wouldn't say "zero" liquor stores sell to 15 year olds, i would say it's relatively few. most, as you said, are scared to lose their license altogether, but some are unscrupulous. it will be a problem of about the same magnitude as selling alcohol to minors is now - but the consequences will not be the same. no teens ODing, less driving accidents, etc. i agree, there should be a legal limit.

      with the bars, hmmm.... hard to say an employee should just sign a waver. but alcohol bars have outdoor areas where people can smoke cigarettes. perhaps the same for MJ? private smoking rooms with adequate ventilation? not sure. vapo is a good alternative.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Good to treat sickness as medicine, but not to be a pot head hindu sanatan, ignorant goon to spew hindu secular ism, ignorant self center ism.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      I get the outside smoking area's
      Here in Colorado we are totally anal about our physical health. We are currently ( and PROUDLY ) the skinnest state in the union. We take it very seriously. Currently you cannot smoke in any indoor resturants. Can only smoke in designated areas at the ball park. You cannot smoke in any Govt building nor at the Airport.
      For colorado ... I just don't think it will work.
      What I really find funny is that there are a number of City muncipalities that have banned ALL pot shops in their city limits. Which is totally stupid because the pot shop owners just open a store outside the city limit get all the city buisness and now the county gets the tax money. Cities are loosing out on tax income. STUPID STUPID council members.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  6. HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

    Hide and seek was never quite the same after the neighbor kid was sent away.

    April 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Colonel Angus

      What did he hide and how often did you seek it?

      April 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  7. Dyslexic doG

    Being stoned helps when you have to believe in a bronze age story book about a rehashed god made up of previous Egyptian, Greek and Pagan religions. No-one with a clear head could hear/read this Christianity stuff without laughing!

    April 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      limit of a pot head child of evolution, taking about book of truth, beyond limit of mind of a hindu primates. ignorant self centered.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  8. Muslim Gangnam Style Dance

    http://youtu.be/hbFVAu1WYbw

    April 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      absurdity of absurd, they are praying, not doing hindu dance

      April 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • George

      Damn amazingly funny video, I don't get it why that older dude whacking the sh!t out of people? is that some kind of cult church?

      April 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • Love it!

      I don't know what I'm looking at but that looks like an amaizingly good time.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  9. Science

    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    April 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Science

      Oops source ...........Cannabis = good stuff !

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

      April 25, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Exactly

      For generations people have had access to it and if Pfizer could get its greedy little hands on it, then Pfizer would try and be the soul owner of it. Makes me sick.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • Science

      This was reported on....... years ago on NPR if ......I remember correctly !

      Peace

      April 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Exactly: Not to mention the fact that far too many prisons are privatized, so by collecting up illegal users they collect tax dollars.
      http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/ provides some interesting details.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
  10. Reality

    "Death's Debt is Paid in
    Full

    Death's debt is then and there

    Paid down by dying men;

    But it is a promise bare

    That they shall rise again. "

    Al-Ma'arri

    Maybe young Christians believe that marijuana will beat the ultimate result??

    April 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  11. HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

    I remember the first time I smoked pot. I got cotton-crotch.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Red Eye

      Nothing a little "Clear-Thighs" can't fix...

      April 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Akira

      Silly! Lol.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • meifumado

      =D

      April 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • fred

      When you open to apply the "Clear-Thighs" be careful not to throw the Joint out of place !

      April 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Colonel Angus

      Well this is one beast I choose not to tackle...

      April 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  12. insightfull pagan

    Okay, i"ll type slowly ....
    "Drugs are illegal
    Because it's making someone money that way"

    This suggests that someone who is currently making money from the illegal drug activity wants it to continue. Yes, if you made it legal the total revenue would increase; however, different people would be receiving that revenue.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • .

      Then why didn't you type it that way in the first place, asshat, instead of the confusing way that you did? Condescending little fuck, aren't you? Next time, communicate more effectively. Type your comments s l o w l y.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      thanks for going slow, but your theory has holes.

      people who were making money off the drug illegally and already have a giant operation are not going to close down - they will go legit and make money that way. "okay guys, they made growing this crop we're growing legal - guess we have to close up shop." lol. doubtful. just convert your farm already in operation to a legal farm.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      Bootyfunk,
      I don't mean to pickon you today, but you are not looking at this the same way I am. Do you really think that our government would just make it legal without any regulations? The tobacco companies could very easily start production with a differeny leaf, and they are already in washington making huge donations to ensure they will be the ones selling the new cigarettes.
      I just don't see the illegal farms – many in Mexico – getting the permits.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Bootyfunk,
      I don't mean to pickon you today, but you are not looking at this the same way I am. Do you really think that our government would just make it legal without any regulations? The tobacco companies could very easily start production with a differeny leaf, and they are already in washington making huge donations to ensure they will be the ones selling the new cigarettes.
      I just don't see the illegal farms – many in Mexico – getting the permits.

      no, i understand there will be regulations. name a product that has no regulations...? there should be regulations. there are regulations on everything we eat/buy and i'm glad of it. there will be higher standards than buying products off the black market - which has no rules or regulations at all and can be poisonous or mixed with another substance.

      obviously they would have to make it legal in mexico first - but what would stop them from being legal after that? your theory has holes. i'm not trying to pick on you, either.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Anheiser-Busch

      I'm the only one who's going to lose when pot get's legalized. Not that people are going to stop drinking beer, but my shlty brew won't be able to compete with pot. Maybe i'll try introducing a new brew called "Bud Light-up" where the top of the can comes with a small rolled joint and a lighter...

      April 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      good idea! when new products come out that compete with you, sometimes they do take away business. but good news! people often drink AND smoke! you'll be okay - unless you really think that people won't buy alcohol anymore because pot is legal. that would be silly and i'm sure you're not that silly. also, since population world-wide is on the increase, every year you get more and more eligible customers. i'm sure you don't think that someone with a new product, even if it competes with yours, shouldn't be able to sell it...? that wouldn't be very capitalistic of you.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • paul

      The for profit prisons will miss out on some money if post is made legal.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • paul

      pot not post.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      @paul

      that is the clearest case anyone has presented. prisons will definitely lose money if pot is made legal. of course, i'm not going to feel too bad for prison owners who make their lives off misery, but it is a good point. i'l be glad if prisons lose money and population - they are severely overpopulated already, partly due to pot being illegal.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • Current Prison System

      I just love taking a brand new Lexus Hybrid that had too many parking tickets, taking it in, melting it down, rebuilding, then releasing it back out on the street as a gas guzzling 1972 El Camino that will likely be back in the shop within the year...

      April 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • Science

      Paul ..........looks like it played a role for these states.

      Marijuana Arrests and Legalization
      of Use in Colorado and Washington:

      Reports and News – Nov 2012

      http://marijuana-arrests.com/US-arrests.html

      April 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  13. Stephen Hawking is an Idiot

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7DcNDjRdRc

    April 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Boris

      Not very original. Maybe four or five chords. Chorus: "run run run, into the arms of love" Yawn yawn yawn.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • paul

      Yep boris, if you have never seen the South Park episode where Cartman forms a Christian rock band, you should check it out. The band is called Faith + 1, and it is absolutely hilarious.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      run into the arms of love .....
      Don't pimps have a song like that?

      April 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • .

      I give it a 25. Can't dance to it.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • meifumado

      Yet another boring song.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Like I always say, Christians insult god by making a mockery of music.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  14. Bootyfunk

    everyone, including young christians, should want pot legalized.

    *can't OD on pot - no one has ever overdosed on pot. ever. that makes it the safest recreational drug out there.
    *can make lots of money taxing marijuana instead of spending millions in a war on drugs that doesn't work.
    *can save tons of money not locking away people for 1/8 of pot, putting them into the prison system and making them a career criminal way worse than when they went in

    add more reasons below why pot should be legal.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Tim

      You forgot:

      *can OD on pot substltutes- many people have overdosed on pot substltutes. that makes pot safer than the nearest LEGAL other substance. Ban pot substltutes, legalize pot.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Cocaine should be legal too. Take the money out of the hands of criminals and into the state and federal coffers. The war on drugs is a joke and cost money and lives. Lots of lives.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      @apple bush
      No, cocaine is very dangerous. it can do a lot of damage to your body.
      If you want to make a hard drug legal go with heroine. Unless you OD and die, it will not cause damage.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Legalizing pot will save lives in the following two ways:

      1. More people will use it over alcohol if it is legal and driving stoned is way safer for everyone than driving drunk.
      2. People who prefer to smoke occasionally will be able to smoke a very mild mj cigarette instead of using tobacco thereby decreasing the cases of smoker's lung cancer.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      numerous medical benefits have been found with marijuana, from helping people with glaucoma to anyone undergoing chemotherapy. also lots of promise with other diseases/condistions, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, PTSD, and more.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • Phillip Coors Morris

      Legalizing pot will cost me money in the following two ways:

      1. More people will use it over alcohol if it is legal and driving stoned is way safer for everyone than driving drunk.
      2. People who prefer to smoke occasionally will be able to smoke a very mild mj cigarette instead of using tobacco thereby decreasing the cases of smokes people buy cutting into my profits!!

      I will keep spending millions of lobbyist to keep MJ illegal, which if you think about it means I'm making way way more than that selling my legal drugs to you and your kids...

      April 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      "I will keep spending millions of lobbyist to keep MJ illegal, which if you think about it means I'm making way way more than that selling my legal drugs to you and your kids..."

      you're not a very smart business man. you can make your fortune with it legal and not have to worry about prison. i guess you think the people who own "Coors" or "Budweiser" aren't rich? LOL! but i guess you think they would have made more money if we were still in prohibition. hahaha.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      insightfull pagan, alcohol is just as pad or worse. Either it is a free country or it isn't. Keeping coke illegal does not prevent people from doing it. All it does is finance criminals. That is my point. You are not seeing the big picture.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Portugal

      "Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does."

      Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal's drug use numbers are impressive. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.

      The Cato paper reports that between 2001 and 2006 in Portugal, rates of lifetime use of any illegal drug among seventh through ninth graders fell from 14.1% to 10.6%; drug use in older teens also declined. Lifetime heroin use among 16-to-18-year-olds fell from 2.5% to 1.8% (although there was a slight increase in marijuana use in that age group). New HIV infections in drug users fell by 17% between 1999 and 2003, and deaths related to heroin and similar drugs were cut by more than half. In addition, the number of people on methadone and buprenorphine treatment for drug addiction rose to 14,877 from 6,040, after decriminalization, and money saved on enforcement allowed for increased funding of drug-free treatment as well.

      Portugal's case study is of some interest to lawmakers in the U.S., confronted now with the violent overflow of escalating drug gang wars in Mexico. The U.S. has long championed a hard-line drug policy, supporting only international agreements that enforce drug prohibition and imposing on its citizens some of the world's harshest penalties for drug possession and sales. Yet America has the highest rates of cocaine and marijuana use in the world, and while most of the E.U. (including Holland) has more liberal drug laws than the U.S., it also has less drug use.

      "I think we can learn that we should stop being reflexively opposed when someone else does [decriminalize] and should take seriously the possibility that anti-user enforcement isn't having much influence on our drug consumption," says Mark Kleiman, author of the forthcoming When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment and director of the drug policy analysis program at UCLA.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
  15. Drugs are illegal

    Because it's making someone money that way.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      I love a good conspiracy theory!
      Tell us More!

      April 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • meifumado

      it would make more if it was legal and help the economy.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      yes, of course people will make money. just like people who grow lettuce make money, or coffee beans, or tobacco. that doesn't make something evil. lol.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      I think the point is it would not make money for the SAME poeple.
      Ya know, the ones keeping it illegal .

      April 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      name one product/crop on earth that makes money for the SAME people....? what are you talking about?

      April 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Akira

      Well, the drug cartels vs. legal farmers...?

      April 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      once pot is legal, there will be no black market growers. just like with tobacco - no one trying to grow tobacco illegally and beat the legal market in price - couldn't be done. once pot is legal, the big illegal farms will go legit or quit. just like you don't see very many people brewing their own alcohol when you can go to the store and just by it cheaply - the same will happen with MJ. making it legal will kill the black market.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      Bootyfunk
      you don't live in Kentucky or N Carolina, do you?
      You need to have permit to grow and sell tobaco. And that permit limits the amount of land you can grow on. It keeps the price high.
      Right theory, but reality is way more complicated than that.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      is that hearsay about a permit to grow tobacco? please show where you got this info.

      According to the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, "The Tax and Trade Bureau does not license, or require a permit for, growing tobacco. In addition, the Tax and Trade Bureau does not regulate the sale of tobaccos that are not tobacco products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture may regulate the growing and sale of such tobacco. You may contact this department at their web site at http://www.usda.gov."

      and you definitely don't need a permit to brew beer. i just don't agree. you want to try to bring up little exceptions to the rule, i guess you'll find em.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      @ Booty
      https://www.myusacorporation.com/state-specific/kentucky/retail-cigarette-tobacco-license.html

      just because i used to live in Kentucky I know a little about it there.
      Other states have regulations as well. You can grow it, but without a State issued liscense you cannot sell it. Or so i was made to understand

      April 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      that website says a "license" is $149. not really a big deal, is it? sounds like states can have their own laws/taxes/regulations, but the federal gov't doesn't charge anything.

      also, don't need a permit to brew beer in kentucky, do you? perhaps i'm wrong there, too. haha. either way, you're making a mountain out of a mole hill.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      Ok ... I'm going to weigh in here
      I think my perspective is a bit different than the rest of the country becuase I live in a state that has had Med MJ for about 3 years and has legalized it on the state level as well, Colorado.
      First of all I don't think that Corp America will take over the MJ trade. Like beer ( espcially here in Colo ) we thrive off of micro breweries, and specialty brews. That isn't to say that Corp America doesn't do great buisness here ( Coors Light is the number one selling beer here ) but the small Breweries are doing just fine thankyou. MJ will be the same. There will be a Corp make .. but pot smokers are very commited. They LIKE the small time "mom and pop" shops.
      Also, crime will not go up. I have 3 Med MJ stores within one block of where I live. Crime is the same. No rise no fall.
      MJ should be legalized to PREVENT teenage smoking. MJ dealers will NOT sell to teens because they WANT to keep their buisness.How many 15 year olds can go into a liquor store and buy a beer? ZERO Why? because the shop owner doesn't want to be known as the place that sells to kids.
      Couple restrictions that MJ should have IMO
      1) there should be a standard / limit, if you are caught driving under the influence ( what that limit is TBD )
      2) Although the Colo law passed does not include MJ bars ... WHEN MJ bars are opened I think that they should only have onsite Vaporized / food / and tea varieties. Smoking should not be allowed .... NOT because I'm worried about the patrons health ... Im more concerned with the consequences of second hand smoke on the wait staff.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  16. HeavenSent

    I'm not "high" on Jesus. More like waist level really. It's pretty carnal. Except for my camel toe hurts.

    Amen

    April 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  17. Mother Teresa

    Let's see what the Xtians have been up to:

    Chile arrests 4 accused of burning baby in rite for being ‘the antichrist’

    By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, April 25, 3:26 PM

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean police on Thursday arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist.

    The 3-day-old baby was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso on Nov. 21 and was thrown into a bonfire. The baby’s mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra, had allegedly approved the sacrifice and was among those arrested.

    April 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Mother Teresa

      more from that AP story:

      [ Authorities said the 12-member sect was formed in 2005 and was led by Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, 36, who remains at large.

      “Everyone in this sect was a professional,” Ampuero said. “We have someone who was a veterinarian and who worked as a flight attendant, we have a filmmaker, a draftsman. Everyone has a university degree. “ ]

      It's just another day among the over 40,000 denominations . . . .

      April 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      Well thank goddess the bible thumpers were there to save us all from something I don't believe exists.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Very hindu criminal act by a hindu secular, criminal self centered, believer of not truth absolute GOD, but a hindu slave of his hindu soul, filthy desire.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • Martin

      That's the ticket, don't abort – just sacrifice!

      April 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Akira

      This is horrifying. Just...horrifying.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Boris

      Doesn't sound to "secular" to me, Islam troll.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • meifumado

      Blood and souls for my Lord Arioch!

      April 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Jonathan

      The bible condemns sacrifce of babies. It was for a reason almost identical tho this (tossing babies into flames as a sacrifice) that the Lord ordered the destruction of a certain sect worshipping a certain god, in the Old Testament. If these people thought they were Christians, they are so deluded it is beyond imagination.

      Hmm, kind of reminds me of the abortion industry. Sacrificing our unborn children on altars of 'freedom' and 'choice'.

      Yeah, its harsh.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Jonathon, Thousands of children die daily from starvation, preventable disease, etc. – what are they being sacrificed to?

      April 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Terry

      @Jonathan – Your God apparently aborts more than the liberals do through miscarriage, i guess that even though he was for the conception and fertilization, he didn't think the parents were worthy of a birth yet. But boy, what a way to test your childrens faith, right?

      April 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • .

      Of course they were deluded, jonathan livingston numbskull...and if seeing a baby reminds you of abortions, you're a sick fuck. When you can carry a fetus for nine months, give birth, et al, you can have a fucking say in what happens to women. Otherwise, STFU. You couldn't GIVE two shits about what happens once the kid's out of the canal.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Akira

      Women who obtain abortion represent every religious affiliation. 43% of women obtaining abortion identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% as Catholic; and 13% of abortion patients describe themselves as born-again or Evangelical Christians.

      I suspect I'll hear the "they are no true Christians" argument now.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Jonathan

      Its amazing how defensive people get when you compare sacrificing newborns to abortion. Quick, we must leap to wild tangents and irrelevant conclusions in order to justify our actions, while at the same time, accusing fallible people of doing the same things as if it made it right! Burn the heretic! Hiss, hiss!

      Keep dancing to your strings, puppets. Your dancing only fools yourself.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Colonel Angus

      Its amazing how defensive people get when you compare Christians to prostltutes. They constantly try to fvck you then put their hand out expecting a tip...

      April 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jonathan

      When you make moronic equivocations like you did above, it's understandable people would call you on it. Tell me, would you want the law to force you to act as a life support system, at the risk of your own life, for a person injured in a car crash you cause?

      April 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @hawaiiguest:

      Of course not. I wouldn't want the law to dictate my actions. I fully expect myself to compensate that person without being coerced into it. If I injured that person due to my own neglience, my moral fiber would demand I make resti-tution.

      As for the 'moronic equivocation' I made, I don't agree. I see no moral differnce between the sacrifice of newborns and intentional abortions. I am not saying I don't understand the decision but I still equate worth to that unborn child and am saddened by the taking of its life.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • WOW

      Wow, Jonathan – so if an early-term aborting will save a mother's life, you see no difference in that and someone sacrificing a live child as part of a ritual?

      April 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • sam

      Jonathan's been brainwashed into thinking all life is super-precious because we're god's little snowflakes.

      Hey Jon, when you grow a uterus of your own, you can talk. Until then, make sure not to stick your tiny dick into any girl who doesn't share your beliefs, and stay the hell out of everyone else's business.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @ WOW:

      The vast majority of abortions that are done early on are due to convience and nothing more. Rarely, they will find a tubal pregnancy that is dangerous that early and be forced to terminate.

      Should I change my wording to elective abortions, then? Will that sit better with you? The vast majority of abortions that are performed kill the child for no better reason than it was not planned, it might have down's syndrome, ITS NOT THE S-EX WE WANT, etc, etc. People will, and do, make up excuses to justify why they do what they do. A lot of them end up believing it too.

      @ sam:

      Brainwashed? Hardly. From a materialistic standpoint, we only have this one life and who are you to deny that life to someone else? Especially when that someone else will eventually grow into a thinking, feeling person not that disimilar from you? We all have the right to life ... except for the unborn, it seems. Convience takes priority, eh?

      The 'grow a uterus' line is getting old. Most people think that a man shouldn't speak about abortion unless he supports it. I find that intellectually ignorant. When someone has an abortion, you are denying two people the right to be parents and one of them the right to life. A right that you gave to the child when you MADE IT.

      As always, one resorts to personal attacks and a 'shut the hell up' statement when they dont agree. I have a challenge for you: "MAKE ME" Put up an argument that changes my mind or come force me to keep my mouth shut.

      April 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jonathan

      Let's start with this:
      Do you think abortion should be illegal?
      If so, then what should the charge be if done anyway?

      April 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @hawaiiguest:

      I have no opinion on the legallity of abortion. My only concern is the morality of it. Pushing a legal agenda is nothing more forcing my opinion/religion on someone else. I would like for abortion to be non-existent, a non-issue. This will never happen due to the disregard we have with the natural process of se-xual intercourse that ultimately results in pregnancy and new life. As long as we disregard this and act as if se-x is a recreational activity, we will be forever slaves to a horrible and bloody cycle of death to the innocent.

      April 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Well I commend you on recognizing the ramifications of taking a stance on the legality of abortion.
      So my next question is, are you a proponent of abstinence only education as it is currently taught in some states?

      April 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • Jonathan

      I take no sides on that issue, either. I do not believe it is the governments responsibility to each anyone about se-xuality or set acceptable norms for it. That responsibility lies solely within the family and failure to do so is a failure in parental duties. I agree that abstainence is the best way to prevent unwanted se-xual consequences (whether pregnancy or one of the many diseases that run rampant amongst those that are not careful/promiscuous). Ultimately, what the person decides is up to them and they can deal with the consequences.

      Back to the abortion topic, I do favor granting rights to the unborn and all the ramifications that result from it. They are human, after all, and deserve all the rights we enjoy. It's probably the next, great battle for equality.

      April 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jonathan

      And in your opinion, what ramifications do you see from giving the unborn all rights that you have?

      April 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Jonathan

      I didn't think I needed to spell that out. Granting full rights to unborn children and then dismembering them in an abortion would be the legal equivalent to putting a 'born' child into a blender and hitting puree. (Excuse the graphic description but sometimes it is necessary).

      Abortion would then be legally equivalent to murder. Logically, it already is. Most people don't realize this because they have been brainwashed for decades about what the unborn child is. It is not just a clump of cells. It is not a parasite. It is the beginning stages of human life. Every human born went through that stage of life.

      April 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jonathan

      Then you do want abortions to be illegal, contrary to what you said earlier. You would also be granting a fetus more rights than a born human, because then it would go back to the scenario I pointed out about bodily autonomy and the government forcing a person to give that up in support of another.

      April 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @Hawaiiguest:

      "Then you do want abortions to be illegal, contrary to what you said earlier."

      Negative. I said I wanted it to be a non-issue. Regardless of its legality, I find it morally abhorrent.

      "You would also be granting a fetus more rights than a born human, because then it would go back to the scenario I pointed out about bodily autonomy and the government forcing a person to give that up in support of another."

      Negative, I'd be acknowledging the rights the child already has. Bodily autonomy in this case is irrelevant. They (the parents) made that choice when the child was conceived. No government intercession necessary.

      Using your example earlier and comparing it to abortion, why should I have to pay for someone's medical bills and ongoing expenses that I caused as a result of an accident when I could simply put them out of their (and my) misery?

      It is the same thing. Just at a different stage of human development.

      April 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jonathan

      So then you're saying that the choice of someone to have sex is tantamount to willingly giving up your bodily autonomy? That's a little ridiculous if you ask me.

      April 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  18. meifumado

    Damn, it's slow at my job today, I think it's time for the desk bottle to come out!

    April 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  19. insightfull pagan

    young people want pot legal.
    they also want the drinking age lowered back to 19.
    in other news, Heaven Sent is not wearing any pants.

    April 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Even if it were made legal evidence still indicates it's best for the still developing brain to avoid it until about age 25 when studies are variable on showing low risk or benefit. I'm not really sure how a legal marijuana age of 25 (same as most car rental companies) would go over, though.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • insightfull pagan

      The same studies showed that young men can be irrationally aggressive.
      What's you point?

      April 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @insightful(l)?,

      Are you asking me that question, because I have already made my point and I'm not sure what you think young male aggression has to do with it?

      April 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      since people can go to war, kill and die at 18, seems reasonable they should be able to have a drink.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Dippy

      How are fighting a war and drinking legally related?

      April 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Colonel Jerry

      "Okay young man, you are not allowed to have any beer because you could hurt yourself or hurt others, so just forget about it till you are 21. Now here's your AK and a few grenades and some C4, head over that ridge and take out that heavily armed convoy of Taliban..."

      April 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Colonel Angus

      "What you have got to do is lick this adiction before it starts! You have to really sink your teeth into the debate and really enunciate every letter of every word so that you can share that feeling of total unashamed release..."

      April 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Colonel Jerry

      "Okay young man, you are not allowed to have any beer because you could hurt yourself or hurt others, so just forget about it till you are 21. Now here's your AK and a few grenades and some C4, head over that ridge and take out that heavily armed convoy of Taliban..."

      So because people can put other people's lives at risk for what we as a nation deem a good cause it's OK to put people's lives at risk for no reason?

      Don't get me wrong...I would liberalize the drinking laws a bit. But I don't think that argument holds water.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  20. HeavenSent

    Too funny, all the bad figs spewing babble. LOL.

    April 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Science

      I eat fig newtons they are good !

      Peace

      April 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • meifumado

      Oo-ey, goo-ey, rich and chewy inside

      Rich and golden, tender, flaky outside

      Put the inside in the outside

      Is it good?

      Darn tootin’!
      Doin’ the big

      Fig

      Newton

      (here’s the tricky part)

      The big

      Fig

      Newton

      (one more time!)

      The big

      Fig

      Newton!!!!

      April 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Science

      meifumado....................lmao..............strawberry is good too !

      Peace

      April 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
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