Religious Aspects Of Legalizing Cannabis

Religious Aspects Of Legalizing Cannabis

The legalization of cannabis has faced some dramatic turnovers in the past few months. Despite of the cannabis effects on health, public support has never backed down. As per the poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, in association with Religion News Service, it spotted that around half the public support the legalization, while the other half does not.

The public in US does not seem to have any sort of moral issues with the growing support for the drug. Only around 35 percent say that the new laws are signs of moral decline in America. As per PPRI Research Director, Daniel Cox, “the only people who embrace the idea are white evangelical Protestants, but that’s a minority view.” At the same time, around 40 percent of Catholics, 40 percent of minority Christians, and 49 percent of mainline Protestants favor the pot legalization. Where, at the other end, 66 percent of the religiously unaffiliated support the move.

Also, the generation gap is growing wide as only around 28 percent of senior citizens support the legalization of cannabis, which is just about half of the support from the young people at 54 percent.

Around 58 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe that marijuana use is morally unacceptable, and also consider the use as a sin prohibited by the Bible. According to Russell Moore, the incoming president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, “getting high on marijuana is a form of drunkenness, and the Bible forbids the matter clearly.” “God intends for us to be discerning, wise, in control of our actions; and drunkenness or similar impairment reduces that capacity in a way that I think is dangerous for the individuals as well as for the society as a whole,” Moore added.

In regard to the confused 40 percent Americans, who think marijuana use is immoral, but do not regard it as a sin, Moore said that Churches need to clarify the fact carefully, that immorality and sin are not distinguished. He also added that the “cultural attitudes toward sin are informing our people more than the Bible is, and people believe that sin is some extremely outrageous act or private act.”

The studies on cannabis effects are ongoing at one end, while on the other end, the support on its legalization has not seen a downfall. According to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, around half the public in the US support marijuana legalization; this is the largest in the past four decades.